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Whaling: Preliminary Study [2] of 4, [between 1949 and 1951]

 Item — Box: Oversize 1, Folder: 1
Call Number: MSS 7, Series II

Scope and Contents

Whale vertebra, grapnel anchor and a bucket.

Whale vertebra is almost certainly the one Leighton describes seeing on a beach, and which gave her the epiphany that allowed her to finish the composition (see under "Writings - Whaling"). It closely resembles the one she used in the final wood engraving.

The grapnel anchor has a line running from it; it is labeled "grapnel" and "anchor warp" (the warp being the line that pulls the anchor).

The bucket is attached to a rope and labeled "bucket for [--] oil" (the third word is difficult to decipher).


  • [between 1949 and 1951]


Physical Description

1 drawing : graphite on bond paper ;

Conditions Governing Access

From the Collection:

The materials are open for research.

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English


35 x 43 cm.

Part of the Yale Center for British Art, Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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