The Whale Fishery Attacking a Whale and "Cutting In"

Major collection: Hart Nautical
Named collection: Arthur H. Clark Collection
Object type: lithograph
Maker: Currier & Ives
Place made: United States, New York
Date made: 1856
Materials: color wash; ink; paper
Measurements: 19 1/4 in x 26 3/4 in
Nomenclature: whaling scene
Classification: whales

hand-colored lithograph depicting in the foreground men on a whale boat harpooning a whale. In the distance to the right, there is a whaling vessel is cutting strips of blubber off of a whale already attached to the hull of the ship. Black smoke comes out from the vessel's tryworks and crewmen on a whale boat to the right of the vessel can be seen hauling another dead whale back to the main vessel. A word of the print's printed description is missing: "Attacking a [missing word] whale and 'cutting in.'" The missing word would have indicated the type of whale ("right").


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