A warm new follower welcome to Conrad Kinch of the Joy and Forgetfulness blog and elsewhere.
Following on from my rather lazy post yesterday, here's another picture of a shark - rather more highbrow this time.
It's Watson and the Shark painted in 1778 by John Singleton Clark (and copied lots of times since).
Watson is the lad in the water. From a family wealthy merchants, he went to sea at the age of 14. He was swimming in Havana Harbour when he was attacked by the shark. Although he was rescued, Watson had his right leg amputated below the knee.
This didn't hold him back too much. He was a commissary to the British Army during the French and Indian War and Commissary General during the Revolution. In 1772 he was a member of the founding committee of Lloyds of London, later serving as Chairman. He was elected an Alderman of the City of London and was MP for the City from 1784 to 1793. He was Lord Mayor for 1796/7 and Deputy Governor of the Bank of England.