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Flying an American flag amidst a school of spouting sperm whales. Three whaling boats each with six men in the foreground
Mid to late 19th Century
Size: 33cm high, 46cm wide – 13 ins high, 18 ins wide
With no thin brush, the rigging was often drawn in pencil with a ruler and then crudely filled in more or less with black oil paint with a split reed or nail. The canvas had the disadvantage of cockling when the paint dried so they would be quickly nailed to the lid of the chest or to a mount. Often the sailors’ heirs would break up the old sea chests, but save the paintings which once lived inside the lids and try to preserve them as best they could.