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A Youth Rescued from a Shark

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1902,1011.2397

  • Title (object)

    • A Youth Rescued from a Shark
  • Description

    Scene of a young man's rescue from shark, off the coast of Havana; eight men in small rowing boat, two reaching out to man over side of the boat, with another attempting to spear shark; boats and city seen beyond; published state. 31 May 1779
    Mezzotint

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1779
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 507 millimetres
    • Width: 608 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with title and account of the event in both English and French, dedication to the owner of the painting "Brook Watson" and production and publication detail, all below image: "Painted by John Singleton Copley, R.A. Elect.", "Engraved by V. Green Mezzotinto Engraver to his Majesty, & to the Elector Palatine.", "Publish'd May 31st 1779, by V. Green, No. 29, Newman Street, Oxford Street." and "Se vend à Londres, chez les Frères Torre, Marchand d'Estampes"
  • Curator's comments

    Green also made a second and third plate of this mezzotint. See T. Clayton, 'The English Print 1688-1802', New Haven and London, 1997, pp.243.

  • Bibliography

    • Chaloner Smith 152 bibliographic details
    • Whitman 209.III bibliographic details
  • Location

    British XVIIIc Mounted Atlas

  • Exhibition history

    2003 Feb-May, London, Tate Britain, Constable to Delacroix...

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1902

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1902,1011.2397

Plate 6: two ornamental friezes on one plate; upper frieze with a small military trophy at centre, two chained leopards to left with palm fronds behind, and a stag head between two dogs to right, linked by scrollwork of vines; lower frieze with two eagles at centre holding a ribbon between their beaks, with festoons of feathers below and a military trophy with a helmet to right.  c.1648
Etching

Plate 6: two ornamental friezes on one plate; upper frieze with a small military trophy at centre, two chained leopards to left with palm fronds behind, and a stag head between two dogs to right, linked by scrollwork of vines; lower frieze with two eagles at centre holding a ribbon between their beaks, with festoons of feathers below and a military trophy with a helmet to right. c.1648 Etching

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