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Common Whale - Balaena Mysticetus

Major collection: Hart Nautical
Named collection: Allan Forbes Collection
Object type: print
Maker: Clay, R.; Society promoting Christian knowledge, London
Place made: United Kingdom, Greater London, London
Date made: 1830-1899
Materials: ink; paper; color wash
Measurements: 10 1/2 in x 13 in
Nomenclature: natural history
Classification: whales

Hand-colored print showing a side view of a beached Balaena Mysticetus, and behind it in the water, a sounding whale with its tail in the air, with a whaleboat pursuing it. The harpooneersman raises his weapon to strike. In the background is a rising or setting sun, and a three-masted ship. Below the image is a paragraph describing the natural history of the whale, the dangers of the whale fishery, and where the whale is mentioned in Scripture. Publisher, printer, and price of print (3/4 d. uncolored, 2d. colored; "d" signifies pence) printed in lower margin.


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