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.

Published in New York, New York, United States, North and Central America


Wood engraving

Image: 17 7/8 x 13 13/16 inches (45.4 x 35.1 cm) Sheet: 22 1/8 x 16 inches (56.2 x 40.6 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

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Currently not on view

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Purchased with the Center for American Art Fund, 2013

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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.