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Balienier American Depecant la Baliene, sur le Borne du Bresil

Date: c 1850
Dimensions:
Sight: 135 x 210 mm
Sheet: 150 x 240 mm
Overall: 335 x 407 mm, 0.24 kg
Mount: 340 x 107 mm
Image: 120 x 190 mm
Medium: Ink on paper, mylar, card
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Classification:Art
Object Name: Print
Object No: 00019652
Place Manufactured:France

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    Description
    Lithograph by Louis le Breton entitled 'Balienier American Depecant la Baliene, sur le Borne du Bresil'. Black and white print of an American whaling ship with a whale alongside being stripped of blubber in Antarctic waters.
    SignificanceWhaling and sealing were nation building industries at the end of the C19th. Whalers from Britain and America headed further and further south each year looking for new pods and colonies.
    HistoryLouis Le Breton was a French painter who specialised in marine paintings.

    He had originally served in the navy as a surgeon and then travelled with Dumont d'Urville's expedition to the South Pole and Oceania from 1837 to 1840. From 1845-1847 he was part of an expedition to Madagascar.
    Le Breton produced tinted lithographs and chromolithographs on naval forces, ships and boats, sea landscapes and ports.
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