The Arctic Council planning a search for Sir John Franklin
by James Scott, after Stephen Pearce Click on the links below to find out more
mezzotint, published 1853
20 3/4 in. x 28 7/8 in. (528 mm x 734 mm) paper size
- Stephen Pearce (1819-1904), Portrait and equestrian painter. Artist associated with 63 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.
- James Scott (circa 1809-circa 1889), Engraver. Artist associated with 132 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
- Sir George Back (1796-1878), Naval officer and explorer. Sitter in 6 portraits.
- John Barrow (1808-1898), Archivist to the Admiralty. Sitter in 3 portraits.
- Sir Francis Beaufort (1774-1857), Rear-Admiral and hydrographer. Sitter in 6 portraits.
- Frederick William Beechey (1796-1856), Rear-Admiral and geographer. Sitter in 4 portraits.
- Edward Joseph Bird (1799-1881), Admiral. Sitter in 2 portraits.
- William Alexander Baillie Hamilton (1803-1881), Admiral. Sitter in 3 portraits.
- Sir William Edward Parry (1790-1855), Rear-Admiral. Sitter in 8 portraits.
- Sir John Richardson (1787-1865), Arctic explorer and naturalist. Sitter in 4 portraits.
- Sir James Clark Ross (1800-1862), Rear-Admiral and Arctic explorer. Sitter in 15 portraits.
- Sir Edward Sabine (1788-1883), Army officer and physicist; President of the Royal Society. Sitter in 7 portraits.
- NPG 1208: The Arctic Council planning a search for Sir John Franklin (source portrait)
Britain and America sign a treaty establishing an International Copyright agreement. Dickens, whose Bleak House
is also published this year, was a particularly outspoken critic of these laws, as his works were freely published in America without any protection over copyright or royalties. He had lobbied the American Congress over the issue during his North American reading tour of 1842.
Art and science
David Livingstone makes a six month journey from the Zambezi river to the west coast of Africa.Harriet Martineau translates The Positive Philosophy of August Comte
. A scientific approach to understanding the natural world and human and social relations, positivism has an important influence on the development of the social sciences.Holman Hunt exhibits his The Light of the World
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