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Views of the Greenland and Whale Fishery

Major collection: Hart Nautical
Named collection: Allan Forbes Collection
Object type: engraving
Maker: Place made: United Kingdom
Date made: 1771-1785
Materials: ink; paper; mounting
Measurements: 8 1/4 in x 11 1/2 in
Nomenclature: whaling scenes
Classification: whales

Colored engraving of ships at sea in an icy region. In the front right foreground two white bears are depicted on a piece of ice; one has a ruff around its neck similar to that of a lion. To the left are three rowboats containing blue-clad figures; behind them is a three-masted ship at anchor and a whale. Three other three-masted ships, as well as more icy island-like areas, are in the background. There are grey clouds in the sky. Above the image is the text, "Views of the GREENLAND and WHALE FISHERY." Below the image is the text, "Ships sailing through the Ice in search after WHALES."