Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Moby Dick Ch. 56: Of the Less Erroneous Pictures of Whales, and the True Pictures of Whaling Scenes

The following is from a work-in-progress called "Moby Dick: a Book Report" in which I read each chapter of Herman Melville's classic novel Moby Dick, and write about what I read.

As the lengthy title suggests, this chapter gives a few examples of artistic renderings of whales that are more life-like (i.e. less erroneous) than the pictures listed in the previous chapter.  Here are some of them.

1.) Illustrations from The Natural History of the Sperm Whale by Thomas Beale (1838).

2.) The engravings of American travel writer John Ross Browne.

3.) The illustrations of English explorer William Scoresby.

3.) The paintings of  French artist Ambroise Louis Garneray.

4.) The paintings of another French artist named H. Durand.

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