Anthony Vandyke Copley Fielding Biography

Anthony Vandyke Copley Fielding (22 November 1787 – 3 March 1855) was an English Landscape Painter coming from a family of artists.

Anthony Vandyke Copley Fielding
Antony Vandyke Copley Fielding

He was probably named after Flemish Baroque painter Anthony van Dyck(1599-1641) and American painter John Singleton Copley (1738-1815).

Copley Fielding Biography

Copley was born in Sowerby, near Halifax. His father Nathan Theodore Fielding was also a painter, particularly a landscape painter. His brother Henry Theodore was also an artist.

Copley started in watercolor painting. Copley worked closely with his father and also traveled with him, and produced indistinguishable works.

Anthony Vandyke Copley Fielding Work

John Varley was one of the first teachers of Copley.  He first exhibited in 1810 and later he became an associate exhibitor in the Old Water-colour Society, soon in 1813 a full member and in 1831 President of the Royal Society of Watercolours.

Early Life and Career OF Copley Fielding

He retained his position as the President until his death. In 1824 he along with Richard Parkes Bonington and John Constable won a gold medal at the Paris Salon.

Anthony Vandyke Copley Fielding Self Portrait
Antony Vandyke Copley Fielding self-portrait at the age of about 19

He not only painted but also was very involved in teaching the art which also gave him monetary profits. He taught John Ruskin in a series of lessons in 1835.

Copley married Susannah Gisborne in 1813 who was sister-in-law oh his old master John Varley. He divided his time between Brighton and London and later moved to Park Crescent in Worthing and died in the town in March 1855.

Copley’s Style of Work

Anthony Vandyke Copley Fielding was a landscape painter, painted in watercolor but occasionally he painted in oil colors as well. His paintings had subjects like the sea, containing aerial effects, He painted Lakes, mountains inspired by Scotland and Wales.

He fancied woodlands, hills, trees, and seas. He beautifully depicted sunrays with intrinsic details of the sky, its shadows, and dark trees. He depicted the richness of the vegetation and the beauty of the Spring.

Anthony Vandyke Copley Fielding Painting
Landscape; Museums Sheffield;

He produced spectacular scenic beauty in his paintings but during the last decade, he spent most of his time in his studio recreating his earlier works as a result, he became repetitive.

He was one of the most elegant and fashionable artists of that time. His taste and accomplishments were very popular at that time, particularly among purchasers.

Artistic Works Of Copley

His contributions to the Exhibihitons varied between 45 to 55. He was appreciated and called the best artist after Turner for his paintings of Atmosphere and sky.

Some of his works are:

  • In the Highlands
  • Tenby, 1836
  • vessels on the shore
  • Landscape
  • Snowdon,1830

    Snowdon over the Head of Threat Mawr; Williamson Art Gallery; Museum
    Snowdon over the Head of Threat Mawr; Williamson Art Gallery & Museum
  • Newark Castle, 1810
  • Ben Venue
  • Seascape

    Artistic Works Of Copley
    Seascape by Copley
  • Broadwater,1848

    Broadwater, Artistic Works Of Copley
    Broadwater, Sussex; Sudley House;
  • Dunstaffnage castle
  • Bolton Abbey

    Artistic Works Of Copley
    Bolton Abbey; Leeds Museums and Galleries;
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