Joseph Goupy was born in London and was a pupil of his uncle, French painter Louis Goupy. Another uncle was fan painter Charles Goupy. In 1711 he attended Kneller’s Academy in Great Queen Street. He developed a successful practice, painting reduced copies of Old Master works and copies of Raphael’s cartoons for clients including Frederick, Prince of Wales. In 1726 he restored Mantegna’s ‘Triumph of Caesar’ (Royal Collection). He taught draughtsmanship to pupils, including Augusta, Princess of Wales. From 1724 he published prints and designed scenery for the Kings Theatre with Tillemans. He was appointed Cabinet Painter to the Prince of Wales in 1736, but retired after the Prince’s death. He became a fellow of the Society of Artists in 1765.
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