Today we post an image of "Watson and the Shark" by John Singleton Copley in honor of the artist's birthday anniversary. 

The painting depicts a rescue effort to save Brook Watson, age 14, who decided to go for a swim while his ship was docked in the shark infested waters of Havana Harbor. The men in the boat were successful in harpooning the shark and rescuing Watson. 

Image: Watson and the Shark, John Singleton Copley, 1782, oil on canvas. Detroit Institute of Arts