What do John Hancock, Paul Revere, and Samuel Adams have in common?
Other than the fact that they played huge roles in the American Revolution, these three men all knew John Singleton Copley. Copley is the most well-known painter during the colonial-era. What is interesting and ironic about his life is that he was American-born, but left Boston for London in 1774...permanently. He continued his painting career once in Britain where he was elected to the prestigious Royal Academy of Art. Even though he left Boston, Copley left his mark on the city. A large plaza in the city as well as a subway stop are named for him. Also, the Museum of Fine Arts has the United States' largest collection of his paintings, including the three shown above along with portraits of father and son Adams (John and John Quincy).
Source of information: The Intellectual Devotional: American History by Kidder and Oppenheim, pg. 7
Source of Hancock: http://www.museumsyndicate.com/item.php?item=3413
Source of Revere: http://www.museumsyndicate.com/item.php?item=3097
Source of Adams: http://www.museumsyndicate.com/item.php?item=3103