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A watercolour of a stranded sperm whale from the late seventeenth century
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Uppsala Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies.
2013 (English)In: Archives of Natural History, ISSN 0260-9541, E-ISSN 1755-6260, Vol. 40, no 1, 38-44 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A manuscript album, known as Kungsboken, contains various documents of military relevance assembled during the rule of the Swedish kings Charles XI and Charles XII. Among them is a watercolour depicting a stranded sperm whale. The painting is not signed or dated but is believed to have been done around 1675. It may be an illustration of a whale that was stranded on the north German coast, then part of the Swedish empire. The painting is an interesting example of anamorphosis.

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2013. Vol. 40, no 1, 38-44 p.
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Physeter macrocephalus, animal illustrations, anamorphosis, natural history, Sweden
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Natural Sciences Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-201259DOI: 10.3366/anh.2013.0134ISI: 000317323900003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-201259DiVA: diva2:626716
Available from: 2013-06-10 Created: 2013-06-10 Last updated: 2013-06-10Bibliographically approved

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