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Stranded Whale. Anno 1614, Den 28 December, is Gestrant des vis lanck synde. 58 voeten

Major collection: Hart Nautical
Named collection: Allan Forbes Collection
Object type: engraving
Maker: De Welde, F. V.
Place made: Netherlands
Date made: 1614
Materials: ink; paper; mounting
Measurements: 6 in x 9 1/2 in
Nomenclature: natural history
Classification: whales

Monochrome engraving depicting a whale stranding, with many men and women on a beach looking at the stranded male whale. Two men stand atop its body. Two greyhounds in the foreground. Some tents are set up in the background, and there are single-masted ships on the sea. At bottom, a stylized title, with the text: "Anno 1614 28 December is gestrant desen vis lanck synde 58 voeten. F.V. Wilde fe." (In the year of 1614, on 28 December, this 58-foot-long fish was stranded. Made by F. V. Wilde.) There seems to be ink seeping through the paper at the top centre from something on the verso, but the verso is entirely covered by the mounting.