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The Whale Fishery and Killing the Bears

Major collection: Hart Nautical
Named collection: Allan Forbes Collection
Object type: woodcut
Maker: Place made: United Kingdom, Greater London, London
Date made: 1744
Materials: ink; paper; mounted
Measurements: 7 3/4 in x 9 3/4 in
Nomenclature: whaling scenes
Classification: whales

Colored illustration of a whale hunt. Men in rowboats harpoon spouting whales while men in the foreground kill white bears with muskets on an ice-covered island. Icebergs float in the background. There are six three-masted ships. On the two nearest, the British flag is being flown. At top right is the number 388. At bottom is the text, "The WHALE FISHERY and KILLING the BEARS."