In approximately 750 words, select a painting and--using a clearly stated thesis--construct a critical argument in response.
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This report is about John Singleton Copley’s 1778 oil painting, Watson and the Shark. Before diving into consideration of the painting’s content, there is much biographical context—for the author, for the war and nation about to be born, and for the painting itself—which must be touched upon. A few years prior, in 1774, Copley had fled Boston (“Watson and the Shark”) – his home, his place of coming of age as an artist, his place of accomplishment. While his positive motivation was to see how...
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