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Plate II showing RIght and Sperm whales amid Arctic scenery, with reference letters.
Named collection: Allan Forbes Collection
Object type: engraving
Maker: Place made: unknown
Date made: date unknown
Materials: ink; paper
Measurements: 9 1/2 in x 10 1/2 in
Nomenclature: natural history
Colored engraving depicting right and sperm whales beached and spouting (whales are labeled 9 and 10). The far background is an Arctic scene with a ship with sails. There is a man in a fur cap and tunic with a spear shown in the near background. Next to the whales are four representatives of different types of seals, labeled 2, 3, 4, and 5, respectively; a narwhal, labeled 8; and three fishes of different types, labeled 1, 6, and 7, respectively. The scene is framed in the upper left and right corners by black and white depictions of seals (labeled A and B) and skulls (labeled D and C). There is a long fin-like bone at the top of the frame, labeled E. At the bottom of the image, below the border, is a scale in feet, indicating that the largest whale is 60 feet long.