First Previous 4 OF 15 NextLast

The Arctic Council planning a search for Sir John Franklin

4 of 15 portraits of Sir James Clark Ross

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

Click on the links below to find out more:

Artistback to top

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

Sittersback to top

This portraitback to top

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.

Related worksback to top

  • 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 (source portrait)

Linked publicationsback to top

Tell us moreback to top

Can you tell us more about this portrait? 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 this 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.