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John Copley (1875-1950) was a highly original painter, etcher and lithographer of figure subjects. Born in Manchester, he studied at Manchester School of Art, then in the studio of Watson Nicol and Arthur Cope, and later at the Royal Academy Schools. He took up lithography in 1907 and was Hon. Secretary of the Senefelder Club 1910-16. Copley exhibited at the RA from 1931, extensively at the Royal Scottish Academy 1916-50, at the New English Art Club from 1933, and also at the Royal Society of British Artists, the National Society of Painters and Gravers and abroad, including at the Chicago Art Institute where he won the chief award and medal at the first International Exhibition of Litho­graphs1930. Elected RBA 1933 and was elected President of the society in 1947. His work is represented in several public collections including British Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum, Manchester City Galleries, Glasgow Museums, and National Museums Liverpool. Copley was married to the artist Ethel Gabain and lived in London NW5 for many years.


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