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Driving Bottle-Nosed Whales – Shetland, 1891

Photo credit: Shetland Museum and Archives (Shetland Amenity Trust)

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Pilot whales were driven ashore in Shetland until the early twentieth century. The artist visited his cousin in Shetland in 1891 and may have witnessed a whale 'caa', as a number are recorded in the latter decades of the nineteenth century. The hills in the background resemble Garths Ness, suggesting this 'caa' may have taken place in Quendale Bay.

Shetland Museum and Archives





oil on canvas


H 63.5 x W 97 cm

Accession number

ART 1996.262

Acquisition method

purchased, 1996

Work type


Inscription description

R. H. Carter


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