14424 Azorean Whaling Painting on Panbone by Madruga
Oil painting on a whalebone panel of an Azorean whaling scene . Six whaleboats are engaged in a whale hunt, chasing a pod of sperm whales with 2 harpooneers shown thrusting their harpoons and one lancing a whale. Pico mountain is in the background. Typical of Azorean shore whaling, there are 7 men in each boat. Signed M.J. Madruga Ribeira do Meio Pico-Açores.
7 3/8 in. x 14 3/4 in.
See: Brewington; Marine Paintings and Drawings in the Peabody Museum for other work by Madruga.
Manuel Joaquim Madruga, (1893-1970), Azorean whaleman, painter and scrimshaw artist of Lajes de Pico. His oil paintings of whaling scenes off Pico on panbone, wood and canvas are in the collections of the New Bedford Whaling Museum and the Peabody Essex Museum.