Lot 50: 19thC Colored Print "Capturing a Sperm Whale"

19thC Colored Print "Capturing a Sperm Whale", As described in 1919 Peabody Museum special exhibition: "To Messrs N & W. W. Billings Merchants of New London. This print is respectfully inscribed by Cornelius B. Hulsart who lost an arm on board their Ship Superior while engaged in the Whale Fishery in the Pacific Ocean. The dramatic scene depicts a crew in two small whaling boats attacking a large sperm whale with harpoons. One of the boats has been smashed by the tail of the wounded leviathan, spilling the whalers into the sea. The whaler's mother ship drifts behind the action with another captured whale trussed to her hull. This is believed to be the first American-made whaling prints and in any condition: 'A very rare print'." 18 1/2" x 24 1/2" sight, double matted and gold molded frame, under glass, print was cleaned and restored before being framed by the consignor.

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