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The Harponiers Poking a Whale with their lances after he is enfeebled through great loss of blood at the wound made by the harpone iron

Major collection: Hart Nautical
Named collection: Allan Forbes Collection
Object type: engraving
Maker: Bowles, Carington
Place made: United Kingdom, Greater London, London
Date made: 1750
Materials: ink; paper; mounting
Measurements: 7 1/2 in x 11 1/2 in
Nomenclature: whaling scenes
Classification: whales

Colored engraving of blue-coated men in three rowboats lancing a large black whale with a harpoon in its tail. Another rowboat of men is pulling at the harpoon. The whale opens its mouth to reveal a large pink expanse. In the background is a three-masted ship flying red flags; there are three other three-masted ships in the distance, one anchored at an icy island or iceberg. Another whale shows its tail in the distance near the island. Below the image is the text, "The Harponiers poking a WHALE with their Lances after he is enfeebled through great loss of Blood at the wound made by the Harpone Iron."


AF-WB-0265