Jane Kamensky, author of A Revolution in Color is the 2017 winner of New-York Historical Society’s Barbara and David Zalaznick Book Prize, awarded each year to the best work in the field of American history or biography.
An intimate portrait of the artist, John Singleton Copley and his extraordinary times, Jane Kamensky’s A Revolution in Color masterfully reveals the world of the American Revolution, a place in time riven by divided loyalties and tangled sympathies. Much like the world in which he lived, Copley’s life and career were marked by spectacular rises and devastating falls. But though his ambivalence cost him dearly, the painter’s achievements in both Britain and America made him a towering figure of both nations’ artistic legacies. Winner of the New-York Historical Society 2017 American History Book Prize.