Kent’s drawings for Moby-Dick, or The Whale, completed for the 1930 edition of Herman Melville’s famous novel, are considered to be among his greatest artistic achievements.  His background as a draughtsman and his love of maritime travel and adventure made him particularly well suited to take on the illustrations.  In preparation for the project, the artist spent time researching whaling lore and visiting whaling museums.

Rockwell Kent
Illustration for Moby-Dick, Chapter LXXXII (Man on Dolphin Attacking Whale), c. 1929
Black ink over traces of graphite on wove paper
Gift of E. Weyhe, 1955.399

Rockwell Kent
Illustration for Moby-Dick, Chapter CXXXV (Whaleboat and Crew Tossed into the Sea), c. 1929
Black ink over traces of graphite on wove paper
Gift of E. Weyhe, 1955.398

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