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La Baleine

Major collection: Hart Nautical
Named collection: Allan Forbes Collection
Object type: aquatint
Maker: Himely, Sigismond; Garneray, Jean-François
Place made: France, Ile-de-France, Paris
Date made: 1800-1899
Materials: mounting; ink; color wash
Measurements: 21 in x 26 in
Nomenclature: whaling scenes
Classification: whales

Colored aquatint depicts a whale destroying a whaleboat while the crewmen swim away from the wreckage and call for help. There are two intact whaleboats and the main whaling vessel in the middle ground. This print was made after Jean-François Garneray's 1836 painting and engraved by Sigismond Himely. Inscription: "Des pecheurs s'etant approches trop pres l'enorme Cetace brise d'un coup d'aileron, la pirogue dont l'equipage et les debris couvrent les flots dans le lointain deux embarcations, s'empressent de porter secours aux naufrages, tandis que le navire s'efforce de tenir le vent pur raillier le lieu de la scene."