Providence Exhibit Features Whaling Watercolors

Providence Exhibit Features Whaling Watercolors
Photo/Providence Public Library Special Collections.

A new exhibit at the Providence (RI) Public Library showcases a series of watercolors created by whaleship sailors, in most cases onboard American whaling vessels.

As the success and growth of the whaling trade killed off most of the whales in New England waters, whaling vessels were forced to sail greater distances In order to continue hunting them. These extended trips offered greater leisure time, and many whalers chose to fill that time in artistic pursuits. The watercolors in the exhibit depict the harpooning of whales and even sperm whales attacking the whaling dories.

The exhibit is free and open to the public.

To learn more go to the Providence Library website.