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Whale on an ice floe

Date: c 1870
Dimensions:
Overall: 160 x 252 mm, 0.01 kg
Medium: Engraving on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Classification:Art
Object Name: Engraving
Object No: 00019641
Place Manufactured:United Kingdom

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    Description
    Coloured print of a baleen whale lying on an ice floe with whaling boats in the background.
    SignificanceThis print is part of the Chester Collection which records the ancestry of Australian whaling which followed much the same pattern as that of the northern hemisphere in earlier centuries. It began with bay whaling until supplies ran out, and then moved to hunting the whale at sea on long ocean voyages. Whaling was colonial Australia's first primary industry but whales have since acquired a different but considerable importance in the public imagination and environmental concerns.

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