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Baleine Franche. Balaena Borealis

Major collection: Hart Nautical
Named collection: Allan Forbes Collection
Object type: engraving
Maker: F., Pourrat; Lesson, René Primevère
Place made: France, Ile-de-France, Paris
Date made: 1838
Materials: ink; paper
Measurements: 6 in x 10 in
Nomenclature: natural history
Classification: whales

Colored engraving of Right Whale, or a baleen whale (Blaenoptera borealis). They have a grayish body with a whitish underside, a curved dorsal fin, and grooves on the throat. The mouth being open shows the position of the whalebone.