Watson and the Shark
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Original Dimensions: 182.1 x 229.7 cmYear: 1782Medium: Oil Painting on CanvasStyle: RomanticismLocation: Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI, USGenre: History paintingType: ReproductionArtist: John Singleton CopleyDelivery Time: 14-21 daysItem #: R-JC-001
John Singleton Copley’s dramatic rendering of a shark attacking 14-year-old Brook Watson caused a sensation when it was exhibited at London’s Royal Academy in 1778. The pictured attack had occurred some 30 years earlier. Watson, an orphan, had unwisely decided to take a dip from a skiff while the ship on which he was crewing docked in Havana Harbor. A shark attacked him, biting his right leg and pulling him under.The boy surfaced briefly before the shark dragged him under a second time, severing his right foot. By the time Watson surfaced again, his mates had nearly reached him. Copley depicts the boy’s climactic rescue: just as the shark zeroed in for its third strike, a determined crewmate armed with a boat hook drove it away.
Watson and the Shark by John Singleton Copley can be reproduced with the same emotions of the original masterpiece. In our in-house studio artists carefully recreate the painting detail-by-detail, colour-by-colour to near perfection.
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The most common way is to stretch your painting over wooden stretcher bars. The images below illustrate two ways this could be done with blank canvas sides or with painted sides.
You can either get your painting stretched or framed at a local framing store or stretch it yourself easily and cheaply by doing it yourself following our online guide.
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Stretching your own oil painting is easier than you might think and can be cheaper than having the painting stretched by the framing company.
In order to stretch a canvas you’ll need the following:
Steps to Stretch:
1. The first step is to join the stretcher bars. Lay them out on a flat surface, and push the corners together by hand. If necessary, tap the corners gently with a rubber hammer. Check that they form a right angle with something that is fairly accurate, such as a book.
2. Staple the four corners of the stretcher bars together forming a rectangular frame.
3. Roll out your canvas, put the formed stretcher bars on top of it, and wrap it around the bars. The canvas should fold over the outside edges of the wooden bars.
4. The most important things to remember when stapling your canvas to the stretcher bars is to work from the middle outwards and alternating opposite sides. Starting in the center on any side, staple the canvas to the back of the stretcher. Put in about three staples, approximately two inches apart. With your first few canvases, you’ll probably put in more staples than you need; practice will give you a feel for this.
5. Move to the opposite side, while pulling the canvas tightly with the clamp, and staple the middle in place. Repeat with the other two edges.
6. At the corners of the canvas you need to fold the canvas over creating a nice corner and stapling it in place.
7. Once the painting is on the stretcher bars you can use corner wedges. These are usually provided with the purchase of your stretcher bars. If you feel that the canvas was not stretched properly, don’t try and fix it. My advice to you is to take all the staples out and just start over again.
- artsuppliesonline.com - US supplier of stretcher bars
- diyframing.com - UK supplier of frames and stretchers
- Harris-Moore Canvases UK supplier of stretchers