Welcome to the archived version of the MIT Museum's online collections portal! This site was used to test features and content for the newly redesigned MIT Museum Collections site, which has now launched with over 106,000 objects. Please use the new MIT Museum Collections site for further research and discovery. Webmuseum.mit.edu remains online during the transition period but will not receive new updates or content.
Named collection: Allan Forbes Collection
Object type: lithograph
Maker: Currier, Nathaniel
Place made: United States, New York
Date made: 1838-1856
Materials: ink; paper; yellow color wash
Measurements: 11 1/2 in x 17 1/2 in
Comic lithograph depicting a man sitting atop a giant gold nugget in a boat, which is drawn by a spouting sperm whale. The man sits under an umbrella and holds the whale's reins. From his mouth comes a speech bubble; the text inside reads, "I'll be darned to darnation if this haint the greatest Blower I ever did drive in harness any how -- I rather think he goes his mile a leetle inside of one minit; what a darned fool I was not to take some passengers--they'd have paid the expenses praps and maybe a leetle more." Printed in lower margin are the artist attributions, the title, and a subtitle, "An accurate drawing of the famous hill of gold, which has been put into a scow by the owner, and attached to a Sperm Whale who is now engaged in towing it around the Horn, for New York.__"