National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Watson and the Shark John Singleton Copley (painter)
American, 1738 - 1815
Watson and the Shark, 1778
oil on canvas
overall: 182.1 x 229.7 cm (71 11/16 x 90 7/16 in.) framed: 241.3 x 264.2 x 10.1 cm (95 x 104 x 4 in.)
Ferdinand Lammot Belin Fund
1963.6.1
On View
From the Tour: John Singleton Copley
Object 8 of 12

Exhibition History

1778
Royal Academy, London, 1778, no. 65.
1857
Art Treasures of the United Kingdom: Paintings by Modern Masters, Art Treasures Palace, Manchester, 1857, unnumbered in catalogue, p. 82.
1946
American Painting from the Eighteenth Century to the Present Day, Tate Gallery, London, 1946, no. 49.
1951
The First Hundred Years of the Royal Academy, 1796-1868, The Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1951-1952, no. 420.
1965
John Singleton Copley, 1738-1815, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1965-1966, no. 68a (shown only in Washington).
1968
Royal Academy of Arts Bicentenary Exhibition, 1768-1968, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1968-1969, no. 505.
1988
Bilder aus der Neuen Welt, Amerikanische Malerei des 18. und 19. Jahrhunderts, Staatliche Museen Preussischer Kulturbesitz, Nationalgalerie, Schloss Charlottenburg, Berlin; Kunsthaus, Zürich, 1988-1989, no. 7.
1990
Facing History; The Black Image in American Art, 1710-1940, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington; The Brooklyn Museum, New York, 1990, unnumbered.
1992
John Singleton Copley's "Watson and the Shark", The Detroit Institute of Arts; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1992-1993, brochure, cover and fig. 1.
1995
John Singleton Copley in England, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1995-1996, no. 4, repro.
2009
American Stories: Paintings of Everyday Life 1765-1915, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 2009-2010, unnumbered catalogue, fig. 100.

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