Saved from the Wreck
Published as a Supplement in Harper’s Weekly, December 23, 1871
After John Dawson Watson, British, 1832 - 1892. Published by Harper's Weekly, New York.
Residents of Cullercoats, England, were known to display an engraved version of John Watson’s painting Saved in their homes. At the vanguard of lifesaving technology, the English life-brigade men near Cullercoats were among the first to employ the newfangled life line and breeches buoy: a cork ring with a pair of attached short trousers. Here, a fainted woman and her child have just been pulled off a wreck by means of this apparatus, although she has modestly been carried sideways on the buoy to avoid exposing her legs in the breeches.