Whaling art found in a logbook.

19 Nov

After exhausting the fisheries around New England, 19th-century whaling ships needed to go farther afield, taking years-long journeys to distant oceans to find their prey. “These extended trips offered more leisure time,” the curators of a new exhibition of whaling artwork at the Providence Public Library write, “and many whalemen chose to fill that time in artistic pursuits.”

So writes Rebecca Onion at Slate’s The Vault about some fascinating watercolors of whale hunting by James Moore Ritchie in the 1840s.

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You can view the entire post, with more pictures, here: History of whaling: Whaling art found in a logbook..

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