Watson and the Shark

Watson and the Shark
Watson and the Shark (1778), Oil on canvas, Ferdinand Lammot Belin Fund, Photograph 2002 Board of Trustees, National Gallery of Art.

John Singleton Copley (1738-1815) was one of the most accomplished painters of early America. He trained under his stepfather, an engraver who had immigrated to Boston from England, but was also influenced by local and traveling artists oh his day. Watson and the Shark was Copley's retelling of a real incident that had once occurred in the harbor at Havana, Cuba.

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