(bc. 1706; d 1753). English engraver, designer of trade cards and furniture designer. In 1746 he published A New Book of Ornaments, and subsequently collaborated with Matthias Lock on a second edition (1752). The New Book contains designs for side-tables, torchères, clocks, frames, pier-glasses and fireplaces, very much in the Rococo idiom but also including such chinoiserie motifs as ho-ho birds and oriental figures. Copland also provided plates for the 1766 edition of Robert Manwaring's The Chair-maker's Guide. Copland and Lock also seem to have contributed to the designs in Chippendale's Gentleman and Cabinet-maker's Director (1754), but the nature of their collaboration with Chippendale is not clear.
From The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.