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The Arctic Council planning a search for Sir John Franklin

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The Arctic Council planning a search for Sir John Franklin, by Stephen Pearce, 1851 - NPG 1208 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

The Arctic Council planning a search for Sir John Franklin

by Stephen Pearce
oil on canvas, 1851
46 1/4 in. x 72 1/8 in. (1175 mm x 1833 mm)
Bequeathed by one of the sitters, John Barrow, 1899
Primary Collection
NPG 1208


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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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An expedition led by Sir John Franklin (1786-1847) was sent out by the Admiralty in May 1845 to try and find a North-West Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean. In 1847 the Admiralty, advised by the sailors and explorers depicted, decided to organise a search; not until 1854 was it discovered that the expedition had died of starvation.

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  • NPG 905: John Barrow (study)
  • NPG 918: Sir Francis Beaufort (study)
  • NPG 911: Frederick William Beechey (study)
  • NPG 908: William Alexander Baillie Hamilton (study)
  • NPG 912: Sir William Edward Parry (study)
  • NPG 909: Sir John Richardson (study)
  • NPG 913: Sir James Clark Ross (study)
  • NPG 907: Sir Edward Sabine (study)
  • NPG D9472: The Arctic Council planning a search for Sir John Franklin (after)

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