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  • Description

    Photograph (black and white); three whaling boats out at sea, with people on board, rowing; Arctic Ocean(?).
    Gelatin silver print

  • Producer name

  • Date

    • 1993
    • 20thC(early) (? Original)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 12.7 centimetres
    • Width: 17.7 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

        back of image
      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Comment

        handwritten in ink
  • Curator's comments

    This image is a photographic copy print made from a glass transparency and labelled as "[three whaling boats in sea]" in the PicDoc.

    Ethnic Group: Unidentified people in image, as only visible as silhouettes.Photographer: It is unclear whether or not Rev Edgar W T Greenshield is the photographer of these images.


  • Subjects

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1993 (March-June)

  • Acquisition notes

    Miss H South gave the British Museum permission to make photographic copy prints from a collection of 133 glass transparencies and 80 film negatives originally in possession of Rev Edgar W T Greenshield.

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • 81 (Series number)
    • MM034268/72 (Old BM number)
Photograph (black and white); three whaling boats out at sea, with people on board, rowing; Arctic Ocean(?).
Gelatin silver print



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