We come to the painting that has captured me since I was a child: Watson and the Shark. Apparently it is supposed to be a reminder that anyone can be a hero. Oh, and Watson survived, btw. #detroitinstituteofarts #dia #detroit #watsonandtheshark #painting #everydayheroes #art

Sailors have long told stories and sung songs of a sea giantess.
They say she would handle their ships like they were merely bath toys.
Swipe to see her get Watson.
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When your friends decide to take your photo but you’re not really feeling it. #mfaboston #watsonandtheshark #sharkwithlips #johnsingletoncopley

/ Watson and the Shark is a 1778 oil painting by American painter John Singleton Copley, depicting the rescue of the English boy Brook Watson from a shark attack in Havana, Cuba. The original version by Copley is in the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., United States.
John Singleton Copley 1738–1815 was probably born in Boston, Massachusetts, to Richard and Mary Singleton Copley, both Anglo-Irish. He is famous for his portrait paintings of wealthy and influential figures in colonial New England, depicting in particular middle-class subjects. His portraits were innovative in their tendency to depict artifacts relating to these individuals' lives.

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. Watson went on to become a Lord Mayor of London.

Copley and Brook Watson became friends after the American artist arrived in London in 1774. Watson commissioned him to create a painting of the 1749 event, and Copley produced three versions. It was the first of a series of large-scale historical paintings that Copley would concentrate on after settling in London. The painting is romanticised: the gory detail of the injury is hidden beneath the waves, though there is a hint of blood in the water. The figure of Watson is based on the statue of the "Borghese Gladiator", by Agasias of Ephesus, in the Louvre. Other apparent influences are Renaissance art, and the ancient statue of Laocoön and his Sons, which Copley may have seen in Rome. Copley was probably also influenced by Benjamin West's The Death of General Wolfe, and the growing popularity of romantic painting.
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A few hours of exploration at @mfaboston today. Always a joy to roam through the galleries, revisiting old ‘friends’ and meeting new ones.

No photos really do the paintings justice but also so what. #detroitinstituteofarts #johnsingletoncopley #watsonandtheshark

Happy #SharkWeek! In 1778, the Copley Society of Art's namesake, John Singleton Copley, painted the iconic "Watson and the Shark." The painting shows the dramatic moment where 14-year old Brook Watson is rescued from a vicious shark attack in 1749.

No #SharkWeek is complete without some Copley! 🦈
John Singleton Copley, Watson and the Shark, 1778, @ngadc.
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Can’t really explain my love of this painting (spoiler: Watson survives), but I’m pretty excited to be able to visit it every day- officially starting a new position with the Museum of Fine Arts, starting in exactly a month 🦈🌊⚓️ #watsonandtheshark #newoffice

My lovely friend @tamsavvy picked me up my very own “Watson and the Shark” magnet. I strategically placed it next to my @thelonelypalette magnet in the hopes that maybe she’ll give the people what they want. #sharkwithlips #mfaboston #thelonelypalette #lonelypalettepodcast #watsonandtheshark #johnsingletoncopley #magnets

Miraculously, he was saved from almost certain death and went on to become a successful British merchant and politician.- National Gallery of Art #watsonandtheshark #favorite

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