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Whaling off the coast of California

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On back of original frame: Ship "Joseph Grinell" (built in Fairhaven, Mass., 1858) Captain William W. Thomas. This picture was crayoned on board the ship by mate named Coleman.


Maxim Karolik, Newport; Gift to MFA November 12, 1953

Credit Line

Gift of Maxim Karolik for the M. and M. Karolik Collection of American Watercolors and Drawings, 1800–1875

after 1858

Catalogue Raisonné

Karolik (1962) cat. 1194, fig. 290


Image: 46.4 x 70.5 cm (18 1/4 x 27 3/4 in.) Sheet: 51.1 x 73.8 cm (20 1/8 x 29 1/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Black and colored chalk on prepared board


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