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168 days ago
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