Whalers (J. M. W. Turner)

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Whalers MET DP169567.jpg
ArtistJ. M. W. Turner
Yearc. 1845
Dimensions91.8 cm × 122.6 cm (36.1 in × 48.3 in)
LocationMetropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Whalers is an 1845 painting by British artist J. M. W. Turner. Done in oil on canvas, the work depicts a whaling ship and her launches pursuing a whale. The work is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.[1][2]

The painting depicts a wounded sperm whale thrashing in a sea of foam and blood. In the background is a ghostly three-masted whaling vessel.

The work is on view at The Metropolitan Museum's Gallery 808


  1. ^ "Whalers". Retrieved 2018-10-26.
  2. ^ "In Turner Paintings at the Met, the Bloody Business of Whaling". Retrieved 2018-10-08.