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Watson and the Shark

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John Singleton Copley departed from Boston in 1774 and traveled to Europe, where he spent a year studying Renaissance and baroque paintings and classical sculpture. After settling in London in 1775, he continued to paint portraits, but he also attempted more complex compositions. Watson and the...

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Center left, inside stern of boat: J S Copley P. 1778-


1778, the artist; 1815, by inheritance to the artist's son, John Singleton Copley, Jr., Lord Lyndhurst (1772-1863), London; possibly, 1864, Lyndhurst Sale, Christie's, London, lot 61, bought by "Cox" for the artist's granddaughter, Martha Babcock Greene Amory (Mrs. Charles Amory, 1812-1880), Boston; by 1873, to Charles Hook Appleton (born c. 1833), Boston; 1882, by descent to his daughter, Mrs. George von Lengerke Meyer, Boston; 1889, gift of Mrs. George von Lengerke to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 5, 1889)

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Gift of Mrs. George von Lengerke Meyer



183.51 x 229.55 cm (72 1/4 x 90 3/8 l

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Oil on canvas