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Harpooning a Sperm whale

Major collection: Hart Nautical
Named collection: Allan Forbes Collection
Object type: print
Maker: Vedder, Simon Harmon
Place made: unknown
Date made: 1900-1940
Materials: ink; gloss paper; paint wash
Measurements: 6 1/2 in x 5 in
Nomenclature: whaling scenes
Classification: whales

Print on glossy paper, possibly from a book, of a Simon Harmon Vedder painting (signed). The print was originally monochrome and has been handpainted into color. Image shows a large sperm whale, with double spouts, and a man on a rowboat raising his harpoon behind it. In the background are two more boats, a ship, and a flock of birds. Text below the image reads, "HARPOONING A SPERM WHALE As the coxswain shouts, the harpoon whizzes through the air, and the barbs, cleaving their way through skin and blubber, fix themselves in one of the hard elastic muscles of the whale."


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