Classic Whaling Prints

from the permanent collection of the New Bedford Whaling Museum

by Stuart M. Frank
Senior Curator Emeritus

Over the centuries, the hazards and pleasures of seafaring, the high drama of the mythic whale hunt, and the beauty of the many exotic whaling ports around the world attracted highly accomplished artists and printmakers to whaling subjects.

As the repository of the world's largest and most comprehensive collection of whaling prints, the Whaling Museum will publish “Classic Whaling Prints”, a book showcasing the benchmark masterpieces and most influential images of the past 400 years.

Sperm Whaling n2-The Conflict - Lithograph

Sperm Whaling N°2 - The Conflict,
Lithograph by Joseph Foxcroft Cole, #2001.100.7551

This book will trace highlights of the genre from Dutch and German foundations in the 17th century; to French, British and American masterworks of the 19th century; to examples from Japan and the American 20th century.

Drawn entirely from the Museum's permanent collection, the exhibition in 2009 included approximately 80 prints, primarily European and American etchings, engravings, aquatints, and lithographs spanning the period 1582-1930.


Museum Publications Sponsorship Opportunities will be announced in the near future.

Last Modified: November 5, 2014