Inscribed, on plate, lower left: Painted by John Singleton Copley, R.A. Elect.; lower right: Engraved by V. Green, Mezzotinto Engraver to his Majesty, & to the Elector Palatine; lower center: A YOUTH RESCUED FROM A SHARK, / This Representation if founded on the following Fact: a Youth bathing in the Harbour of the Havannah, was / twice seized by a Shark, from which, (though with the loss of the Flesh & Foot, torn from the Right Leg,)He disentangled himself & was by the / assistance of a Boat's Crew, sav'd from the Jaws of the voracious Animal for in the Moment it was attempting to seize it's Prey, (a third time) a Sailor with a Boat Hook, / drove it from it's Pursuit.; Lower right: JEUNE HOMME sauvé de l’attaque d’un REQUIEN. / Le Sujet de ce Tableau est pris d’un Faitaveré. Une Jeune Homme se baignantau Port de la Havanne, fut poursuivi, et saisi à deux reprises, par un Requien, qui lui / arrache la chair erle Pied de la Jambe droite. Il sen degagea cependant, et fit effort pour se sauver, mais le Poisson renouvelleani l’attaque, se retournoit de ja pour saisir / meurtrierement lorsqu’un equipage de Chaloupe d’un Vausseau a la rade, le sauva de la gueule decet Animal vorace. Un Marin armé d’un Croe, l’enfonça dans le Corps du / Poisson et le força de s’eloigner de sa Proye.; lower center: Engraved from the Original Picture, in the Possession of Brook Watson, Esq.r to whom this plate is most respectfully inscribed by his most Obliged, & obedient Serv.t V. Green./Published July 1st. 1797, by V. & R. Green No. 14 Percy Street, Bedford Square, London.; stamped, in blue ink, on reverse, upper right: DARTMOUTH COLLEGE / DEPT. OF ART AND / ARCHEOLOGY
Lower Jewett Corridor, Hopkins Center Art Galleries, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, October 1972.
New Selections from the College Collection, Carpenter Galleries, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, February 23-June 30, 1979.
The Old Print Shop, New York, New York; sold to present collection, 1952.
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