A beached whale
A carte-de-visite showing a dead whale lying on a stony beach at an unidentified location.
The photographer has provided a sense of scale by posing a human figure next to the whale but on closer inspection the subject turns out to be a child; chosen, no doubt, in order to make the whale seem far larger than it in fact was.
Condition: the print is in excellent condition. The mount presents some faint discolouration verso but is otherwise clean, firm and solid. An inked inscription verso in a period hand reads ‘Copyright.’
Dimensions: the dimensions of a standard carte-de-visite are approximately 4.1" by 2.5" (10.5 cm by 6.3 cm).