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John Barrow (1808-1898), Archivist to the Admiralty

Sitter in 3 portraits
John Barrow was the second son of the renowned secretary to the Admiralty of the same name. He entered the Admiralty as a clerk in 1824 where he rose through the ranks to become Head of the Admiralty Record Office in 1844. He was a founder member of the Hakluyt Society, and the only civilian member of the Arctic council that was established in 1851 to co-ordinate the search for missing Arctic explorer John Franklin. Barrow retired in 1855; he subsequently took an active interest in the militia.

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John Barrow

by Stephen Pearce
oil on millboard, circa 1850
NPG 905


The Arctic Council planning a search for Sir John Franklin

by James Scott, after Stephen Pearce
mezzotint, published 1853
NPG D9472