Antique Print-WHALE-WHALING-GREENLAND FISHERY-ARCTIC-POLAR-Kirkall after Baston-c.1780



This print was prepared to be used as an optical print. It originally carried the captions ‘The Greenland or Whale Fishery. La Pecherie de Greenland, ou de la Baleine.’ This nicely engraved plate shows various artic hunting activities on whales, icebear, walrus etc. set in an arctic, polar seascape with multiple English ships near Spitzbergen.

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SKU: pco-17620 Category: Tag:


Etching and engraving with hand colouring. on hand laid (verge type) paper.
Sheet size: 40 x 28,3 cm. (15,7 x 11,1 inch). Image size: 38 x 25,7 cm. (15 x 10,1 inch).

Published by Carington Bowles (1724-1793) at his address on St. Pauls Churchyard in London. He was active at this address from 1766/67.

Made by ‘Elisha Kirkall’ after ‘Thomas Baston’. Elisha Kirkall (c.1682-1742) was a reknown English engraver from Sheffield, active in London, noted for many experiments in printmaking techniques. Some doubt the authorship of this print as the printmaking technique is not typical for Kirkall. Thomas Baston (b. c.1670/75; fl. 1695-1735) was a pioneer English marine artist / draughtsman.

Condition: Good, given age. Prepared as an optical print, with captions removed at bottom. Margins coloured black and sheet attached to thicker carrier sheet. Carrier sheet with some soiling and damp staining, not effecting the image paper or front. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.



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Dimensions 28 × 40 × 1 cm


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