Whales: Historic Antique Lithographs, Engravings on Whaling

Whales & Whaling: Historic antique lithographs and hand-colored engravings. Authentic antique art, over 100 years old.  Enjoy our galleries of antique prints, of whaleboats with oarsmen, and many scenes.

Whales: Historic Antique Lithographs & Hand Colored Whaling Engravings

A varied collection of, antique whale prints, that is relevant to the mammals, and pertains to whaling history. All of the images are genuine antique 18th and 19th century bookplates.  Choose from a varied assorted collection. 17-19th century whaling scenes. Every piece is over 100 years of age. You can buy some of them in the shop, while others can be ordered by calling Anne at 413-245-4197.

Whales by Gottlieb Wilhelm. Austrian Naturalist & Artist. Engravings from 1810-1821.

Antique whale prints by Gottlieb Wilhelm, 1810-1821. Tiny Austrian hand colored copper plate engravings are about 200 years old.  One of the hardest things to come by in producing something like this would have been acquiring the rags to make the paper on which they were printed.

It was a time of curiosity for finding new and undiscovered species of whales.

It was almost a frenzy of curiosity to say the least.  Supply & demand drove subscriptions for well to do to receive in parts as the parts could be published. The immense series was encyclopedic in nature and published over 11 years.  The water coloring was added at the time of production by a professional staff of water colorists.

Each piece measures just 4 1/4 x 6 3/4″ as priced call 413-245-4197 to place your order.

Decorate your room, with this antique whaling poster, 120 year old lithograph, of a Right Whale

This very large whale poster, is an antique chromolithograph. It published in Vienna, Austria circa 1900.  The color lithography, or chromolithography is in a pallet of greys, blue-greens, and silver tans which reflect the oceans colors.  The colors are bright stunning colors and the piece is in great condition.   Dimensions: 35 x 26″ image size 39 wide x 28″ high, paper size.  Call Anne at 413-245-4197.

120 year old whale lithograph, a baleen.
Antique Whale Poster color lithograph c. 1900.

Lizars & Jardine, Whaling Scenes: Original, Antique Watercolor Engravings

Each antique engraving measures 4 x 6 3/4″. The color is bright and the paper is in unusually good condition, with almost no toning of the paper. Lizar’s was the famous Scotch engraving company that engraved the first 10 Elephant Folio prints for John James Audubon’s Birds of America and therefore acquired instant fame due to their accomplishments in the engraving trade.

William Lizar, Antique Whale Prints, are Small Charming Steel Plate Engravings

William Lizar Antique Whale Prints are Small Charming Steel Plate Engravings.  The water coloring illumination was applied by hand when they were produced in 1852. A steel plate was the hardest surface that could used in antique printing method.  A painstakingly amount of time and precision was needed when creating a steel plate engraving.  William Lizar’s firm, located in Edinburgh Scotlandw was proficient and in high demand for creating life like encyclopedic images of all of the natural history known at the time. The MIT Museum has a similar set of Lizar whales in their collections. See them.

Hand Colored Lithographs of Whales Published in 1835

Whales: Historic Antique Lithographs.   Hand Colored Whale Lithographs Published in Bruxelles, Belgium in 1835. These old whale prints were printed from limestone plates, known as lithographs, and hand colored at the time of production. These old whale lithographs measure 6×9″, a few I have double matted in rag to 9×12″. Here we have Balene whales, Humpback whales, Orca whales, Beluga whales and Narwhals!

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Framed Historic Antique Lithograph of Whale, Measuring 46 x 39″

This great piece came back to me recently after a prominent doctor in Massachusetts retired.  He was a collector of all kinds of art, including antique lithographs and hand colored engravings. This went on aggressively for his 50 years in practice. This is a giant, antique whale lithograph, was framed with archival materials. It is framed in a weathered wood picture frame. Published in Austria by color lithography, c. 1900, the framed piece measures 46″ wide x 39″ high. $2200. Local delivery or pick up.

Set of 3 Framed American Whale Lithographs

Antique whale chromolithographs (Chromo meaning color.  Lithography meaning applies from a limestone plate) which were published in New York in 1880. Each and every color in these old whale prints was applied with an individual key stoned, limestone plate. Framed in rag. UV glass. Each piece measures 11×14″  Lead Time 2-3 weeks.  Sold as a set of three for $600.  Would you like a similar set?  Click here to contact us.

Edouard Travies Whales: Antique Lithographs on Whaling

Whales: Historic Antique Lithographs. These antique prints are hand colored lithographs, published by Furne for Edouard Travies in Paris in 1854. Each piece was printed in black onto white paper from a limestone plate and finally finished in water colors by hand, with accents of Gum Arabic. All the artwork was that of Travies, 1809-1865. He is considered to be one of the best French artists of that time.

Two Travies antique lithographs of whales in black & gold molding with archival framing:

Set of three framed,  Edouard Travies, antique whale prints, framed in (satin finish Poplar) burl-wood:

This set of three, framed pieces, antique whaling prints, published c. 1855, Paris France. Edouard Travies whales. Each piece measures 12 x 17.”  Archival frame jobs. Shipping to be determined. Call Anne at 413-245-4197 to place your order. The rare, set of three framed, Travies whales, is $1250. for the set.

Whales: Historic Antique Lithographs and Hand Colored Whaling Engravings

Why do these historic depictions of Whales prior to 1900 exist?

Mankind was in pursuit of whale oil in order for London to keeps it’s streets lit. That ended when people started drilling for oil and developed kerosene. Fortunately, whales and whaling history received a lot of attention in the seventeen, eighteen and nineteen hundreds. Naturalists brought the scenes to life with depictions, in the form of book illustrations. Which were sold by subscription. Issued in parts periodically, as the work could be printed. The 18th and 19th Century depictions were published when whaling was critical to world commerce. Depictions were drawn at the time at the time of the event.

Great genuine paper antiques… from Anne Hall Antique Prints. Thank you for browsing our gallery of Whales: historic antique lithographs and engravings. We sell only authentic old engravings and lithographs, produced in various countries, from the early 1600’s to 1900.  Antique prints of whaling are historically significant to whaling history. These antiques of whales and whaling documented world whaling history which was driven by the desire for street lights.  You have seen many period depictions and scenes of the whaling industry from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries which are historically important today. Contact Anne: Phone: 413-245-4197 or by Email: anne@annehallantiqueprints.com

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