William Alexander Baillie Hamilton

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William Alexander Baillie Hamilton, by Stephen Pearce, 1850 - NPG 908 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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William Alexander Baillie Hamilton

by Stephen Pearce
oil on millboard, 1850
15 1/4 in. x 12 3/4 in. (387 mm x 324 mm)
Bequeathed by Jane, Lady Franklin, 1892
Primary Collection
NPG 908

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  • Stephen Pearce (1819-1904), Portrait and equestrian painter. Artist associated with 63 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.

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This fully-realised portrait was used as a study by the artist for his group portrait of The Arctic Council. The pose of the head and features are identical in both, but in the group Hamilton is shown standing, three-quarter length, with his right hand stroking his chin, and his left hand supporting his right elbow, rather than reading a document as in this study. The words on the document read 'From Dr Rae, relative to the Coppermine River & across to Victoria Land'. This refers to John Rae's search for Sir John Franklin and his men, the doomed Arctic explorers who went missing in 1845.

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  • NPG 1208: The Arctic Council planning a search for Sir John Franklin (finished work)

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