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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.

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1224

Sherard Osborn

by Stephen Pearce
oil on canvas, exhibited 1847
NPG 1224

916

Sherard Osborn

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

D39386

Sherard Osborn

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

D39387

Sherard Osborn

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