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John Singleton Copley, Watson and the Shark, 1778, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Ferdinand Lammot Belin Fund. Image courtesy National Gallery of Art

Live Stream from London “In Circulation: John Singleton Copley and Benjamin West in England, France, and America”

Friday, Mar 28, 2014
10:15 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.

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This event also takes place online as a live stream.

The MFAH hosts a live audience at the Museum to watch (and to participate in) this daylong conference hosted by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art in London, England. Drop in! Participation is free with Museum admission. A live stream—so you can watch at home or on your mobile device from anywhere—is available for free at the bottom of this page. If you are having trouble viewing this live stream or with chatting, you can also access the symposium by going to You will need to login to participate in the chat.

This event follows the Museum’s 38th Annual Ruth K. Shartle Symposium, held in October 2013, about the exhibition American Adversaries: West and Copley in a Transatlantic World, on view October 6, 2013–January 20, 2014. In the Shartle Symposium, art historical perspectives were blended with art conservation; in London, the focus is solely art historical, focusing on how two painters from the American colonies rose to the top of the British art world.

10:15 a.m. Introduction by Mark Hallett, the Paul Mellon Centre
10:30 a.m. American Adversaries Video Introduction by Emily Neff, Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, University of Oklahoma, and Kaylin Weber, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
11 a.m. Break
11:15 a.m. “Copley’s Revolutions,” Jane Kamensky, Brandeis University
12 noon “West’s General Wolfe in 18th-Century France,” Stephane Roy, Carleton University
12:45 a.m. Lunch break
1:45 p.m. “Copley, West and John Boydell: New Mechanisms of Patronage in Late 18th-Century London,” Rosie Dias, University of Warwick
2:30 p.m. “Displaying History: West’s Gallery and the Great Room,” Kaylin Weber, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
3:15 p.m. Break
3:30 p.m. “Out of Time, Out of Place: Copley’s Last Pictures,” Sarah Monks, University of East Anglia
4:15 p.m. “West and Shakespeare in Early 19th-Century Philadelphia,” Wendy Bellion, University of Delaware
5 p.m. Concluding Remarks, Mark Hallett and Emily Neff

This symposium is made possible through support from the Terra Foundation for American Art.