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Linton, William James 1812-1898 :Boats attacking whales. [183-].

Reference Number: A-109-046

Shows dynamic scene of three sperm whales in foreground, with small rowboats negotiating waves caused by the leaping of the whales. On the right one broken rowboat tips its crew into the sea. There are more boats and whales in the left background and two sailing ships on the horizon.

Key terms:
1 image, categorised under Conjectural works and Wood engravings, related to William James Linton, Thomas Beale, Joel Samuel Polack, William John Huggins, Whaling, Dinghies and Whales.

Part of:
Linton, William James 1812-1898 :Boats attacking whales. [183-]., Reference Number A-109-046 (1 digitised items)

Extent: 1 b&w art print(s)Wood engraving, 96 x 167 mm.. Horizontal imageSingle art work

Historical Notes: In his first (1835) edition of "A few observations on the natural history of the sperm whale...", Thomas Beale acknowledges the use of W. J. Huggins' engraving as Plate 1, showing the form of the sperm whale, on its back sustaining attack by three rowboats. Two other plates are uncredited; however, plate no. 3, showing "a large whale in the act of destroying a boat with his head", is based upon Beale's own eye-witness account, either verbal or sketched, from which the engraver (unnamed) has worked.

Conditions governing access to original: Not restricted

Other copies available: File PrintIn Drawings & Prints under Artist/Title (DFP-001466)

Inscriptions: Inscribed - bottom right: W.J. LINTON DEL. ET SC.

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