Whaling off the coast of California

after 1858
Coleman (American, 19th century)

Catalogue Raisonné

Karolik cat. no 1194, fig. 290


Image: 46.4 x 70.5 cm (18 1/4 x 27 3/4 in.) Sheet: 51.1 x 73.8 cm (20 1/8 x 29 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Black and colored chalk on prepared board

Not On View


Americas, Prints and Drawings



Folk art- sandpapers and pastels. Three-master sailing to right; men in whaleboat harpooning whale in foreground. The ship is the Joseph Grinell, built in Fairhaven, Mass., 1858.


On back of original frame: Ship "Joseph Grinell" (built in Fairhaven, Mass., 1858) Captain William W. Thomas. This picture was crayoned on board the ship by mate named Coleman.


1953, gift of Maxim Karolik (b. 1893 - d. 1963), Newport, RI, to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 12, 1953)

Credit Line

Gift of Maxim Karolik for the M. and M. Karolik Collection of American Watercolors and Drawings, 1800–1875