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Twelve views of the Greenland and whale fishery [graphic].
[London] : Printed for Carington Bowles, map & printseller, No. 69 in St. Pauls Churchyard, London, [between 1771 and 1785]
Physical Description:
12 prints : engravings ; plate marks 18 x 28 cm, on sheets 23 x 35 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Folio A 2013 39
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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Copyright Status:
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Title from top margin of print 1.
"Book 6" of 31 sets of prints published by Carington Bowles, 1771-1785. A contemporary advertisement for the series notes: "Various sets, or books, of beautiful and entertaining prints, on half sheets of fine demy paper; containing 12 prints in each. Price 3s. plain, or 8s. each book, finely coloured. Printed for and sold by the proprietor Carington Bowles, at his map and print warehouse, no. 69, St. Paul's Church Yard, London."
Bowles, C. Carington Bowles's new and enlarged catalogue of useful and accurate maps, charts, and plans. London, 1784, page 140
BAC: British Art Center copy unbound, in contemporary (?) brown paper wrappers. Uncolored. Housed with the 30 other sets of prints in this series. With the printed advertisement (1 sheet) listing the 31 sets.
Subject Terms:
Bear hunting -- Pictorial works.
Greenland -- Pictorial works.
Marine prints -- 18th century.
Reindeer hunting -- Pictorial works.
Sea lions -- Pictorial works.
Ships -- Pictorial works -- Early works to 1800.
Whales -- Pictorial works.
Whaling -- Pictorial works -- Early works to 1800.
Engravings -- 1771-1785.
Bowles, Carington, 1724-1793, publisher.

  • 1. Ships sailing through the ice in search after whales
  • 2. The long-boats making towards a whale & the harponiers going to cast their lances at him
  • 3. A whale swimming with great force & celerity after the harpone iron is fixt in him
  • 4. A whale struck wih the harpone iron diving among the ice, the harponier going to chop the rope off, to prevent the long boat being drawn under water or split against the ice
  • 5. The whale diving to the bottom after he is struck with the harpone iron, the harponiers standing in readiness to wound him a fresh with spears, when he rises again
  • 6. The harponiers poking a whale with their lances after he is enfeebled through great loss of blood at the wound made by the harpone iron
  • 7. The sailors attack the white bear with their spears, which are frequently floating upon the ice in the North Seas
  • 8. The cleaning of the whale, in order to cut it up to freight the ship
  • 9. The sailors shooting the rein deer which are frequently on the rocks of ice
  • 10. Shooting, sticking & knocking on the head of the sea lion, on the ice; his tusks which are above 2 ft. long, are whiter & more valuable than ivory
  • 11. A ship driven by the storm and inclosed amongst the ice and lost
  • 12. Ships freighted with whale & sailing out of the ice for home.

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