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John Tabor's Ride

Major collection: Hart Nautical
Named collection: Allan Forbes Collection
Object type: woodcut
Maker: Place made: United States, New York, New York
Date made: 1846
Materials: ink; paper; mounting
Measurements: 6 1/4 in x 9 in
Nomenclature: cartoons
Classification: whales

Image of two men riding atop the back of a whale on a stormy sea. The man in front has a parge beard and is hoding fast to the whale by means of a lance through its back. The younger man holds onto him from behind, kneeling on the whale with an expression of trepidation. Lighting pierces the sky thrice in the background, and storm clouds are depicted in detail. A ship with sails is barely visible in the background. The image is marked "W. Roberts" in the bottom left; under it is the text, "JOHN TABOR'S RIDE."