Watson and the Shark
The Watson and the Shark web feature was written, designed, and produced by Donna Mann, senior publications manager, education publications. Anne Zapletal, staff assistant, education publications obtained the photo permissions.
Photo credits for non-NGA images:
  • Schelte Adams à Bolswert (1586-1659), Miraculous Draught of Fishes, engraving, 55.2 x 84.4 cm, The Harvard University Art Museums, Gift of Belinda L. Randall from the collection of John Witt Randall, Photograph © President and Fellows, Harvard College, Harvard University Art Museums.
  • Engraved by Peter Canot, drawn by Elias Durnford, published by Thomas Jeffreys, A view of the Entrance of the Harbour of the Havana taken from within the Wrecks, published August 1764, Photograph courtesy of the Library of Congress.
  • John Singleton Copley, The Ascension, 1775, oil on canvas, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Photograph © 1996 The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
  • John Singleton Copley, Boy with Squirrel (Henry Pelham), 1765, oil on canvas, 30 1/4 x 25 in, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Anonymous gift, Photograph © 1996 The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
  • John Singleton Copley, Head of a Negro, 1777/1778, oil on canvas, 53.3 x 41.3 cm, The Detroit Institute of Arts, Founders Society Purchase, Gibbs-Williams Fund, Photograph © 1986 The Detroit Institute of Fine Arts.
  • John Singleton Copley, Rescue Group, middle 18th/early 19th century, black chalk heightened with white, squared for transfer in red chalk, The Detroit Institute of Fine Arts, City of Detroit Purchase, Photograph © The Detroit Institute of Fine Arts 1994.
  • John Singleton Copley, Study of a Head (Brook Watson), black and white chalk on gray-blue paper, 14 3/16 x 22 9/16 in, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Gift of Thomas Inglis, Photograph © 1996 The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
  • John Singleton Copley, Watson and the Shark, 1778, oil on canvas, 72 x 90 1/4 in, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Gift of Mrs. George von Lengerke Meyer, Photograph © 1996 The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
  • John Singleton Copley, Watson and the Shark, 1777-1778, oil on canvas, 91.4 x 77.5 cm, The Detroit Institute of Arts, Founders Society Purchase, Dexter M. Ferry Jr. Fund, Photograph © The Detroit Institute of Fine Arts.
  • Robert Dighton, Brook Watson, 1803, hand-colored etching on laid paper, 25.2 x 15.2 cm, Webster Canadian Collection, New Brunswick Museum, Saint John, N.B.
  • Sir Nicholas Dorigny, Miraculous Draught of Fishes, engraving, 51.3 x 61.6 cm, The Harvard University Art Museums, Gift of William Gray from the collection of Francis Calley Gray, Photograph © President and Fellows, Harvard College, Harvard University Art Museums.
  • Valentine Green after John Singleton Copley, Youth Saved from a Shark, 1779, mezzotint, 50.9 x 60.9 cm, Webster Canadian Collection, New Brunswick Museum, Saint John, N.B.
  • Charles Le Brun, Dread, Astonishment, Contempt, three engravings from Conférence de M. Le Brun sur l'expression générale et particulière, Paris, E. Picard, 1698.
  • Raphael, Transfiguration, 1517-1520, oil on panel, Pinacoteca, Vatican Museums, Vatican State, Photograph courtesy of Scala/Art Resource, New York.
  • Roman, Borghese Gladiator, 1st century A.D. copy from 1st­3rd century B.C., marble, height 199 cm, Museacute;e du Louvre, Paris, Photograph © by Erich Lessing/Art Resource, New York.
  • Laöcoon, probably 1st century after Hellenistic or Roman original, 1.84 meters, marble, Museo Pio Clementino. Vatican Museums, Vatican State, Photograph courtesy of Scala/Art Resource, New York.
  • James Sayer, Brook Watson, 1788, etching on laid paper, 17.6 x 11.1 cm, Webster Canadian Collection, New Brunswick Museum, Saint John, N.B.
  • Phillippe-Joseph Tassaert after Rubens, Jonah Thrown into the Sea, 18th century after original painting of 1618­1619, etching and engraving, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1951 (51.501.7003). All rights reserved, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
  • Benjamin West, Agrippina Landing at Brundisium with the Ashes of Germanicus, 1768, oil on canvas, Yale University Art Gallery.
  • Benjamin West, The Death of General Wolfe, 1770, oil on canvas, 152.6 x 214.5 cm, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Transfer from the Canadian War Memorials, 1921 (Gift of the 2nd Duke of Westminster, Eaton Hall, Cheshire, 1918).
  • Photograph of a tiger sand shark by George Grall, © National Aquarium, Baltimore.


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