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Copley, John Singleton [American, 1738-1815]


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Title:  Watson and the Shark
Artist:  Copley, John Singleton [American, 1738-1815]
Year:  1778
Material:  Oil on canvas
Dimensions:  182.1 cm 229.7 cm (71 3⁄4 in 90 1⁄2 in)
Where:  The National Gallery of Art, Washington DC USA
Notes:  The painting is based on an attack that took place in Havana harbour in 1749. Brook Watson, then a 14-year-old cabin boy, lost his leg in the attack and was not rescued until the third attempt, which is the subject of the painting.

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