`Watson and the Shark` from 1778 is a neo-classical painting by the American John Singleton Copley. It was commissioned by the British Brook Watson of London, painted there and subsequently exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1778. Copley produced a second, full-size replica for himself and a third much smaller version. This is the fourth copy guided via spirit communication between 2010 and 2014 in Los Angeles to the medium of neo-classical music by the German Frank Holger Rothkamm.
The painting is based on a shark attack that took place in Havana harbor 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. Watson went on to become a Lord Mayor of London. The music, with a foreword and afterword, tells the story of Watson’s life as a boy growing up in England and his journey across the sea until his fateful encounter with destiny, which he laments thereafter. While playing, the composer has taken the liberty of weaving in threads of his own life into this allegorical narrative. Like the painter, he has only encountered sharks in his dreams.
|Title:||Watson and the Shark|
|Sound Artist:||Frank Rothkamm|
|Visual Artist:||John Singleton Copley|
|Instruments:||E. Gabler & Bros. Baby Grand Piano
Roland Juno Alpha
|File Under:||neo-classical narrative|