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Fin Whale or Roqual - Balaenoptera Boops

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

Hand-colored print of a side view of a rorqual being attacked by harpooners on two whaleboats; a third whaleboat, at right, has been capsized and its crew are clinging to the wreck. The text describes the Rorqual species, beginning "The Rorqual is the largest of all Whales, and consequently of all animals now existing. It sometimes reaches the enormous length of eighty or even a hundred feet. Its food consists not only of the small animals on which the common whale subsists [...]". Mentions the Ostend whale, found in the late 1820s. Publisher, printer, and price of print (5/4 d. uncolored, 2d. colored; "d" signifies pence) printed in lower margin.


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