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A Conversation with Copley

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Cape Ann Museum

27 Pleasant St

Gloucester, MA 01930

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Presented by Daud Alzayer

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John Singleton Copley, the preeminent portrait painter of 18th century America, is famed for the hints of personality his meticulous portraits capture. What do we learn about the brilliant young Judith Sargent from Copley's likeness of her and what conversations may have taken place over the artist's easel? In this first-person presentation, the audience will have a chance to meet the artist and hear a speculative description of the encounter. This interactive presentation will include time for questions with the character of Copley and the living history interpreter who brings him to life.

This program was made possible through a partnership with the Terra Foundation and the Sargent House Museum and is offered in conjunction with the special exhibition Our Souls Are by Nature Equal to Yours: The Legacy of Judith Sargent Murray, on display at the Cape Ann Museum through March 2020.

Daud Alzayer is a performing artist and game designer with a decade of experience in public history. In his position as the Senior Educator at the Old State House Museum in Boston, he launched and supervised Revolutionary Characters, a program of daily, unscripted living history presentations that brought 18th century Bostonians to life. It was during his tenure at the Old State House that he was first drawn to portray the character of John Singleton Copley, a character he portrayed for several years. Since then Alzayer has gone on to portray several other historical characters and act as a consultant and speaker in the practice of first-person interpretation.

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