Just a quick note highlighting an image to appear in the next issue of Occasional Nuggets:
This print (from our Nicholson Whaling Collection), depicting a simultaneous, multi-species arctic bloodbath (whales at sea / bears on land) was produced in the late 1790s for a geography book, Thomas Banke’s A New, (Royal), and Authentic, System of Universal Geography, as indicated by the title at the top edge of the illustration. With just a little editing, you have a plate that was used for Charles Middleton’s A New and Complete System of Geography in the 1770s*. The following image is hard to see, but the similarities should be clear (with the exception of the title above the image):
And if we move even further into the past, we find the following, from John Harris’s Navigantium atque itinerantium… of 1744**:
The similarities are striking, especially when you look at it in a mirror:
More information about these and many other images of whale-related butchery is available in Elizabeth Ingalls’s catalog of the Whaling Prints in the Francis B. Lothrop Collection.
* Image borrowed from Eighteenth-Century Collections Online.
** Image borrowed from the John Carter Brown Library, and available online.