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The Whale on Shore

Major collection: Hart Nautical
Named collection: Allan Forbes Collection
Object type: colored engraving
Maker: Bentley, J. C.; Fisher, Son & Co.; Melville, H.
Place made: United Kingdom, Greater London, London
Date made: 1843
Materials: ink; board; pigment
Measurements: 3 1/4 in x 5 1/4 in; 5 in x 7 1/4 in
Nomenclature: whaling scenes
Classification: whales

Hand-colored engraving on board. The scene shows the dramatic final moments of a whale hunt as it concludes on the shore. A man is standing on the beach preparing to throw a knife. A boat is swept ashore while carrying three whalers, one of whom fires a gun at the whale. The whale struggles with a net and appears to have several harpoons in its side.