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Sir William Edward Parry

(1790-1855), Rear-Admiral

Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue Entry

Sitter in 8 portraits
Entered the Navy at the age of thirteen, and served in the North Sea and the Baltic. In 1818, he commanded a brig on an Arctic expedition and the following year he was appointed to command another expedition to search for a North-West Passage to the Pacific. The trip was successful and returned with much scientific material. Parry's care for his men, his solution of many of the problems of wintering in the ice, and his meticulous scientific work set a pattern of Arctic exploration for a generation. He subsequently made several more expeditions to the Arctic, culminating in an attempt on the North Pole from the northern shores of Spitzbergen. The furthest north that he reached stood as a record for nearly fifty years.

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Sir William Edward Parry, published by John Limbird, after  Samuel Drummond - NPG D16102

Sir William Edward Parry

published by John Limbird, after Samuel Drummond
stipple engraving, (1820)
NPG D16102

Sir William Edward Parry, by James Thomson (Thompson), after  Samuel Drummond - NPG D38801

Sir William Edward Parry

by James Thomson (Thompson), after Samuel Drummond
stipple engraving, published 1821
NPG D38801

Sir William Edward Parry, by Samuel William Reynolds, published by and after  William Haines - NPG D15679

Sir William Edward Parry

by Samuel William Reynolds, published by and after William Haines
mezzotint, 1827
NPG D15679

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The Arctic Council planning a search for Sir John Franklin

by James Scott, after Stephen Pearce
mezzotint, published 1853
NPG D9472



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