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Drawing, Recto: Whale Hunt by the Emperor Claudius in the harbor at Ostia; Verso: inscription relating to Pliny the Elder's Natural History, Book 9, ch. 5, 1596 or before

This is a Drawing. It was created by Jan van der Straet, called Stradanus. It is dated 1596 or before and we acquired it in 1901. Its medium is pen and ink, brush and bistre wash on paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

This object was featured in our Object of the Week series in a post titled Battling with an Orca.

It is credited Museum purchase through gift of various donors.

Its dimensions are

H x W: 10.3 × 13.8 cm (4 1/16 × 5 7/16 in.)

It is inscribed

Verso: "nel porto de Hostia claudio imperadore prese un orca pesse balena / era venuta quivi allettata dal naufragio di pelle venute di francia / le quali seguendo si ficco nel lido, Cesare fece tendere molto reti / alle focci del porto et andandovi / con i soldati di sua guardia fece / vedere bello spettacolo al popolo Romano tiranano i soldati / lange da barchetti, uno de quali si sommerse essendo ripeno / al aqua che sottiava la bestia nel medesimo capitolo"

Cite this object as

Drawing, Recto: Whale Hunt by the Emperor Claudius in the harbor at Ostia; Verso: inscription relating to Pliny the Elder's Natural History, Book 9, ch. 5, 1596 or before; Jan van der Straet, called Stradanus (Flemish, 1523–1605); Netherlands; pen and ink, brush and bistre wash on paper; H x W: 10.3 × 13.8 cm (4 1/16 × 5 7/16 in.); Museum purchase through gift of various donors; 1901-39-114

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