Classic Whaling Prints

from the permanent collection of the New Bedford Whaling Museum

by Stuart M. Frank
Senior Curator Emeritus

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Trade Edition $14.95
Hard Cover $50.00

Over the centuries, the hazards and pleasures of seafaring, the high drama of the mythic whale hunt, and the beauty of exotic whaling ports around the world attracted highly accomplished artists and printmakers to whaling subjects.

Sperm Whaling n2-The Conflict - Lithograph

Sperm Whaling N°2 – The Conflict,
Lithograph by Joseph Foxcroft Cole, #2001.100.7551

As the repository of the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of whaling prints, the Whaling Museum has published Classic Whaling Prints to showcase the benchmark masterpieces and most influential images of the last 400 years.

Describing the cultural significance of the artworks and their appeal to art lovers as well as to whaling history enthusiasts, author Stuart M. Frank remarks, “For four hundred years these prints were in the vanguard, they influenced decorative arts and souvenirs worldwide, especially in the Netherlands, the British Isles, and America, and they remain the most striking and memorable images of the whaling industry and its resonant impact upon mainstream culture.”

Drawn entirely from the Museum’s permanent collection, the exhibition in 2009 included approximately 80 prints, primarily European and American etchings, engravings, aquatints, and lithographs spanning the period 1582-1930.

Available in hardcover and softcover versions.



Last modified: July 27, 2016