Study for "The Death of Major Peirson" (Officer Leading Troops and Wounded Drummer; verso: Robed Figure and Two Geometric Torso Studies)

John Singleton Copley (American, 1738–1815)

Catalogue Raisonné

Prown, Copley II, fig. 454, p.442; Hipkiss 253; Verso: Unknown to Prown


Sheet: 35.2 x 57.2 cm (13 7/8 x 22 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Black and white chalk (recro) and black chalk (verso) on blue laid paper

Not On View


Americas, Prints and Drawings



Study for “Death of Major Peirson”


The artist until 1815; his son, John Singleton Copley, Jr., Lord Lyndhurst, until 1863; Lyndhurst Library sale, 26-27 Feb., 1864; to Graves; Weyhe Galleries, NY, about 1929, to Maxim Karolik, Newport for Museum of Fine Arts, Jan. 1939. Catalog information amended by V/C on March 22, 1995.

Credit Line

The M. and M. Karolik Collection of Eighteenth-Century American Arts