The Last Pipe

by Angela Cockayne

the moot point is, whether Leviathan can long endure so wide a chase, and so remorseless a havoc; whether he must not at last be exterminated from the waters, and the last whale, like the last man, smoke his last pipe, and then himself evaporate in the final puff. Herman Melville 1851 Moby-Dick

‘The Last Pipe’, crustacean joints and ribs mounted on wood.

100 years before animal rights Melville predicted our own extinction linked to the abuse of nature; the pursuit and demise of other species.
Chapter 105: Does the Whale’s Magnitude Diminish?


Madam de Pompadour, the favorite mistress of Louis XV, was a passionate smoker and owned more than three hundred pipes.