High quality ceramic mug from our Sublime Sea Dwellers collection.
The WHALE , unless the Kraken be not a fabulous existence, is the largest of all animals. New Zealand 1769. Mighty Whale sighted . Capt. Cook. Right WHALE or Great Mysticete. Features The Right Whale or Great Mysticete, which was observed in The Pacific in voyages of exploration during the 1700s and early 1800s. During these voyages, the sight of these magnificent whales created enormous excitement, because Right Whales were capable of sinking sailing ships and were also hunted.
Pacific Right Whales are enormous baleen whales, up to 18m long. They have a distinctive huge V-shaped tail and there are Northern and Southern species. Sadly, they are very rare these days due to past whaling and being killed by collision with ships. We were lucky to see Right Whale whilst sailing from Auckland to Great Barrier Island.
The artwork is inspired by the original scientific illustrations of the period. The extraordinary forms are due to the fact that the artists would often work back in Europe from quick notes and sketches made by the crew or scientists on the voyages.
The banner on the design is evocative of those used on antique maps and natural history illustrations. The year 1769 is on the banner as this is when Captain James Cook first explored the Pacific and visited New Zealand.
In the background are seashells based on a French engraving from the early 1700s. There are squid and jellyfish to give a sense of the enormous size of the whales.
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