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South Sea Whale Fishery
Named collection: Arthur H. Clark Collection
Object type: colored aquatint
Maker: Huggins, W. J.; Sutherland, T.
Place made: United Kingdom, England
Date made: 1825
Materials: ink; paper; matted
Measurements: 24 1/4 in x 30 1/4 in; 21 1/4 in x 28 in
Nomenclature: whaling; whale fishery
A whaling scene depicting two vessels, Amelia Wilson and Castor. Some narration is given in-plate: "The Head of a large Whale in the Agonies of Death.," "A Boat destroy'd by a Wounded Whale." Depicts whaling activities off the Indonesian island of Buru, near present-day Suluwesi. At the time the expression "South Sea fishery" related to all oceans below the southern tip of Greenland. Below image: "London, Published January 1, 1825 by W.J. Huggins, Marine Painter; No. 105 Leadenhall St. (late form no. 36)." Extended title: "A representation of the Ships Amelia Wilson & Castor off the island of Bouro, with their boats & Crew in the various process of Fishing, shewing the manner The Spermacetti Whales are caught, also the manner of cutting them into the Ship & Boiling the Oil upon deck. This plate is most respectfully dedicated to Ph. Skelton, And.w Stirton, Wm. Nichols Esqrs, owners of the said ships by their most obedient humble servant W.J. Huggins."