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Sir Edward Augustus Inglefield (1820-1894), Admiral and Arctic explorer

Sitter in 6 portraits
Inglefield entered the Navy at the age of fifteen. In 1852, he led an expedition to search for Arctic explorer Sir John Franklin, who had disappeared while attempting to navigate a section of the Northwest Passage. Inglefield commanded Lady Franklin's private steamer, Isabella. He did not find Franklin, but charted previously unexplored areas along the northern Canadian coastline. On his return, he published A Summer Search for Sir John Franklin (1853) and was awarded the gold medal of the Royal Geographical Society. In 1845, he served in the Crimean War, where he took part in the siege of Sebastopol. He went on to captain a number of ships, and rose to the rank of admiral.

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Sir Edward Augustus Inglefield

by Stephen Pearce
oil on canvas, exhibited 1853
NPG 1223


Sir Edward Augustus Inglefield

replica by Stephen Pearce
oil on millboard, (circa 1853)
NPG 921


Sir Edward Augustus Inglefield

by Done & Ball
gelatin silver cabinet card, early 1890s
NPG x12125


Sir Edward Augustus Inglefield

by Fradelle & Young
albumen cabinet card, circa early 1890s
NPG x12124


Sir Edward Augustus Inglefield

by Henry Dixon & Son, after John Collier
photogravure, before 1946 (1897)
NPG D36443



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