The standing figure with the boat hook bears a strong resemblance
to traditional depictions of Saint Michael or Saint George, whose heroic
defeat of a dragon parallels this New World struggle.
John Singleton Copley, Watson and the Shark, 1778.
National Gallery of Art, Ferdinand Lammot Belin Fund 1963.6.1 Right: Raphael,
Saint George and the Dragon (detail). National Gallery of Art,
Andrew W. Mellon Collection 1937.1.26