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A Trew Draught of the Whale as he was seen at Blackwall Dock

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Z,1.163

  • Title (object)

    • A Trew Draught of the Whale as he was seen at Blackwall Dock
  • Description

    Whale washed up on the banks of the Thames, with spectators at right, visitors on boats approaching the shore at left and view of east London in the background. c.1690
    Etching

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1690 (circa)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 245 millimetres
    • Width: 310 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with title, text below image and publication line: "Sold by John Drapentier Ingravor in St. Martins Le Grand".
  • Curator's comments

    See Sheila O'Connell, 'The Popular Print in England', BM 1999, cat. 4.38, pp. 102-103.
    The title is along the top. Below is (preserving the misspellings): 'This monsterous Fish is 57 foot in lenght & near 40 foot about, he is more in hight, than in breath, and is taken to be a matter of 50 Tunn in Wight. He was first discover'd near the Bouy of the Nore. Where he was fier'd at by a King's Yoath so received sum Wound, & made toward the shoure so came along by ye Hoop & beat himselfe upon ye Sand after that he was Harpoon'd & Taken, then Bought by a quacor etc.'

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  • Location

    Not on display (British XVIIc Mounted Roy)

  • Exhibition history

    2000 Oct-Dec, Cambridge, Fitzwilliam Museum, Popular Print in England
    2001 Feb-Apr, Glasgow, Hunterian AG, Popular Print in England
    2001 Apr-Jun, Manchester, Whitworth AG, Popular Print in England
    2001 Jun-Aug, Bradford, Cartwright Hall, Popular Print in England

  • Subjects

  • Associated places

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    Z,1.163

Whale washed up on the banks of the Thames, with spectators at r, visitors on boats approaching the shore at l and view of east London in the background.  c.1690  Etching

Whale washed up on the banks of the Thames, with spectators at r, visitors on boats approaching the shore at l and view of east London in the background. c.1690 Etching

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