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Sigismund Bacstrom : “The Greenland Whale Fishery” (c. 1792-1800)

Archival Inkjet on Matte Finish Fine Art Paper

The Ibis’s giclée process uses archival pigment inks on 100% cotton rag paper to achieve crisp detail and rich, lasting color. Unlike posters, they will not yellow with time, but will maintain their original quality for as long as you own them. If you are unhappy with your print for any reason, you are welcome to return it for a full refund.

This shipboard rendering of a Greenland whale fishery is one of sixty-three drawings and sketches produced by Sigismund Bacstrom during his tumultuous voyage around the world. The trip spanned four years and eight months from 1791-1795, during which he sailed from London to Staten Island, rounded Cape Horn, saw Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte’s Islands) and Alaska, abandoned his original vessel on account of the “ill and mean usage” received from its officers, was stranded in Canton when his ship was seized as a prize of war by the British, stranded on Mauritius when his next ship mutinied en route to the Cape of Good Hope (and was seized by the French), and finally diverted from New York while on board an American vessel that was captured by the Royal Navy. When he finally returned to London by way of the British Virgin Islands, he was able to support himself, in part, by publishing prints of his extremely eventful voyage around the globe.

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