An Arctic Scene with Five large sailing ships and five smaller rowing boats, circling and harpooning whales, four of which are surfacing to blow, two bears in the foreground. Probably off Jan Mayen Island
Dutch [c. 1801], 300 x 410 mm. (11 1/4 x 16 1/4 in),
A very Attractive Dutch School Watercolour (early 19th Century), with Five large sailing ships and five smaller rowing boats circling and harpooning whales, two polar bears on the ice to the right, pen and ink, watercolour and gouache, traces of pencil, on laid paper with large medallion watermark, signed indistinctly H.C. Taves in pen and black ink by the artist in the lower right corner, dated ‘180[?]1’ in the lower left corner, ruled borders with watercolour washes, sheet 300 x 410 mm. (11 1/4 x 16 1/4 in), a few creases, but a very attractive drawing.