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Watson and the Shark by John Singleton

is a painting inspired by an event that took place in Havana, Cuba, in 1749. Fourteen-year-old Brook Watson, an orphan serving as a crew member on a trading ship, was attacked by a shark while swimming alone in the harbor. As his shipmates launched a valiant rescue effort, the shark continued its attack on the boy. The story of the rescue and facts about Watson's life are chronicled in the online exhibit. (National Gallery of Art)

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John Singleton Copley's 'Watson and the Shark' was inspired by an event that took place in Havana, Cuba, in 1749.

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