Frame (detail, with inscription),Watson and the Shark, 1778. National Gallery of Art, Ferdinand Lammot Belin Fund 1963.6.1  

Watson owned the painting until his death in 1807. In his will, he bequeathed it to Christ's Hospital, then a boy's school in London, expressing hope that his personal triumph over adversity would serve as a "most usefull Lesson to Youth."


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