American Whaling Fleet In The Arctic--SOLD


In the early 1800's, Americans began to recognize the commercial value of the Arctic's animal resources. Whale oil was used as fuel for lighting and as industrial lubricants. Baleen, strong and flexible was used where plastics would be used today. Fleets of ships converged on the Arctic to hunt every whale they could find. This scene depicts several American whale ships in the process of looking for whales in this harsh environment. Oil on canvas, bird's eye maple frame. Unsigned. First Quarter 20th Century. Framed size 28" by 24" tall

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