Alexander Pope Jr USA

3-25-1849 Dorchester, USA - 9-14-1924 Boston, USA

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Pope Jr, Alexander

Alexander Pope, Jr. was an American artist of sporting and still life subjects. He studied for a short time under William Copley, and was one of America's popular gaming artists

While the Civil War ravished the nation, Pope spent his early years close to home. He started working for his father’s lumber business in the late 1860s, and it is during this time that Alexander Pope Jr. first began to delve into art.

He was a member of the Copley Art Association of Boston in the Late 19th century. As a youth, Alexander Pope Jr. carved and sketched animals around his home in Massachusetts. In the 1860s, he worked for his family’s lumber business. Pope studied carving, painting, perspective, and anatomy with William Rimmer, an important romantic-baroque sculptor, painter, and influential teacher of many Boston artists. He published two sets of chromolithograph versions of his watercolor paintings: Upland Game Birds and Water Fowl of the United States (1878), and Celebrated Dogs of America (1882).

From 1879 to 1883, Alexander Pope Jr. created many well-received carvings of game; Czar Alexander III of Russia acquired two of the carvings. In 1893, Pope began painting animal portraits and, later, pursued a career as a portrait painter. He also painted trompe l’oeil works.

Throughout the late 1880s, he painted large trompe l’oeil still lifes, a painting technique which literally means, “that which deceives the eye”. Pope reproduced realistic images of hunting and military scenes in such a way as to fool the viewers’ eyes into perceiving an image as three-dimensional. This was a highly popular means of creating extremely realistic still lifes, and Pope utilized it often.

Art Movement: Naturalism
Influences: William Copley, William Rimmer
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