John Copley studied at the Manchester School of Art and at the Royal Academy Schools, then spent ten years in Italy. He was primarily a printmaker of lithographs and etchings, publishing his first lithographs in 1909, and working increasingly in etching from 1925. He exhibited at the Royal Academy, the Royal Society of British Artists, and the New English Art Club. However, his later, and finest etchings were rarely exhibited and after 1939 many were not even editioned. Copley’s work was overlooked for 35 years after his death in 1950 but has been the subject of a significant revival of interest more recently.