Search the Collection

Sherard Osborn

(1822-1875), Rear-Admiral and writer

Sitter in 4 portraits
Entered the Navy in 1837. The following year he took part in the blockade of Kedah, on the West coast of the Malay Peninsula and fought at Canton in 1841 and Woosung in 1842. He was prominent in advocating a search expedition for missing Arctic explorer Sir John Franklin and in 1850 was appointed to the command of the Pioneer in the Arctic expedition under Captain Austin, and performed a remarkable sledge-journey to the western extremity of Prince of Wales Island. He published an account of this voyage, entitled Stray Leaves from an Arctic Journal (1852). Osborn also published articles in Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine and in the Journal of the Royal Geographical Society.

List Thumbnail

Sherard Osborn, by Stephen Pearce - NPG 1224

Sherard Osborn

by Stephen Pearce
oil on canvas, exhibited 1847
NPG 1224

Sherard Osborn, replica by Stephen Pearce - NPG 916

Sherard Osborn

replica by Stephen Pearce
oil on canvas, 1850-1886
NPG 916

Web image not currently available

Sherard Osborn

by Herbert Davis, published by Henry Graves & Co, after Stephen Pearce
mezzotint, published 12 December 1861
NPG D39386

Web image not currently available

Sherard Osborn

by Herbert Davis, published by Henry Graves & Co, after Stephen Pearce
mezzotint, published 12 December 1861
NPG D39387

Tell us moreback to top

Can you tell us more about this person? Spotted an error, information that is missing (a sitter’s life dates, occupation or family relationships, or a date of portrait for example) or do you know anything that we don't know? If you have information to share please complete the form below.

If you require information from us, please use our Archive enquiry service. If you wish to license an image, please use our Rights and Images service.

Please note that we cannot provide valuations.

We digitise over 8,000 portraits a year and we cannot guarantee being able to digitise images that are not already scheduled.

What can you tell us?close

There are occasions when we are unsure of the identity of a sitter or artist, their life dates, occupation or have not recorded their family relationships. Sometimes we have not recorded the date of a portrait. Do you have specialist knowledge or a particular interest about any aspect of the portrait or sitter or artist that you can share with us? We would welcome any information that adds to and enhances our information and understanding about a particular portrait, sitter or artist.


How do you know this? Please could you let us know your source of information.

* Permission to publish (Privacy information)
Privacy Informationclose

The National Portrait Gallery will NOT use your information to contact you or store for any other purpose than to investigate or display your contribution. By ticking permission to publish you are indicating your agreement for your contribution to be shown on this collection item page. Please note your email address will not be displayed on the page nor will it be used for any marketing material or promotion of any kind.

Please ensure your comments are relevant and appropriate. Your contributions must be polite and with no intention of causing trouble. All contributions are moderated.

Your nameclose

If you tick permission to publish your name will appear above your contribution on our website.

Your Emailclose

Contributions are moderated. We'll need your email address so that we can follow up on the information provided and contact you to let you know when your contribution has been published.