Looking at the Ambleside Online Art Schedule for the 13-14 school year, I found someone we have already studied in part: John Singleton Copley. Usually folks know him for his very famous portrait of Paul Revere. I love that painting because its fine details are incredible, and his use of white to make his silver shine is just superb. However, they also link to another of his paintings that I have seen before, but I never knew the story; Watson and the Shark. (Click to see it up-close.)
The painting is based on an attack that took place in Havana harbour in 1749. Brook Watson, then a 14-year-old cabin boy, lost his leg in the attack and was not rescued until the third attempt, which is the subject of the painting.
This painting was done more than once and the details at the Wiki link are fascinating. The man in the water certainly doesn't look like any 14 year-old I know!
Copley had never seen a shark before and I think you can tell that here when you look at the animal up close. What do you think of it?