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The North West or Davis' Streights Whale Fishery

Major collection: Hart Nautical
Named collection: Allan Forbes Collection
Object type: engraving
Maker: Ambrosi, Fran.; Dodd, Robert
Place made: United Kingdom
Date made: 1800-1815
Materials: ink; paper; color wash
Measurements: 13 1/2 in x 17 3/4 in
Nomenclature: whaling scenes
Classification: whales

Hand-colored engraving depicting an Arctic whaling scene. In the foreground, men in whaleboats prepare to strike a spouting whale; behind them are two more whaleboats, one bearing the British flag and with the letters R.D. (probably for Robert Dodd, the draughtsman) emblazoned upon it. Two large whaling ships behind them, one with a French flag and the other with a red flag bearing the Union Jack in the canton. More ships and whaleboats in the background. Title and artist names printed in lower margin. Davis Straight is located between mid-western Greenland and Baffin Island (Canada).