Title: The Gigantic Greenland Whale

Creator: George Johann Scharf (1788-1860)

Description: Print, ‘Gigantic Whale, The Greenland whale (or Baloena Musculus) was found dead on the coast of Belgium, floating at a distance of twelve miles from Ostend, on the 3rd November 1827 and was cast on the sands on the east side of the harbour…The upper jaw was fitted up with 800 fanons or whalebones and from the calculations made by the late Baron Cuvier and the Professors in Paris this enormous animal must have lived from 900-1000 years.’

On the lower left and lower right of the print, is the exterior and interior of what seems to be a specially constructed viewing building to house the skeleton.

The whale was exhibited in London in 1832.

Date: June 1832

Format: Lithograph

Archive reference: LDGSL/649

Image reference: 10-06

Recommended print size: Up to 20 x 16 inches (50 x 40cm)


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