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Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Sir John Franklin (1786-1847), Arctic explorer

For paintings in the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, see J. W. Goodison, Cambridge Portraits (1955), pp 183-5. A painting by J. Jackson is in the collection of John Murray, London, exhibited Old Masters Exhibition, British Institution, 1854 (158), and SKM, 1868 (416), engraved by E. Finden, published J. Murray, 1828 (example in NPG); a water-colour by W. Derby is in the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, engraved by J. Thomson, published Fisher, 1830 (example in NPG), for Jerdan's 'National Portrait Gallery'; a drawing by G. Lewis is in the Scott Polar Research Institute, exhibited RA, 1823 (520), reproduced Mrs Gell, John Franklin's Bride (1930), facing p 88, engraved by F. C. Lewis, published G. Lewis, 1824 (example in British Museum); another similar drawing was in the Bruce Ingram collection; a drawing by J. Negelen was exhibited RA, 1837 (961), reproduced H. D. Thrail, Life of Sir John Franklin, R.N. (1896), frontispiece (head and shoulders only), engraved and lithographed by various artists (examples in NPG); a copy in oils of the Negelen drawing by S. Pearce is in the Scott Polar Research Institute, possibly the portrait in the background of Pearce's group, the 'Arctic Council' (NPG 1208); a miniature by S. Drummond was formerly in the Royal United Service Museum, London; bronze casts of a medallion by David D'Angers of 1829 are in the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Angers, Scott Polar Research Institute, collection of Rev Edward Alston, and exhibited VE, 1892 (587), lent by Admiral L. McClintock; casts in plaster and wax are in the Scottish NPG, the Royal Geographical Society, London, and the collection of Adolph Holl, Oslo; a bronze statue by C. Bacon of 1861 is at Spilsby, Lincolnshire, reproduced as a woodcut ILN, XXXIX (1861), 338; a statue by M. Noble of 1866 is in Waterloo Place, London, reproduced as a woodcut ILN, XLIX (1866), 288; a marble bust by Noble of 1875, forming part of a memorial, is in Westminster Abbey, reproduced The Life, Diaries and Correspondence of Jane Lady Franklin, edited W. F. Rawnsley (1923), facing p 192; a plaster model for this was formerly at Elswick Hall, Newcastle, listed in Catalogue of Lough and Noble Models at Elswick Hall (c.1928), pp 71-2 (257); a statuette by an unspecified artist was exhibited Royal Naval Exhibition, Chelsea, 1891 (2863), lent by Henry Willett; a plaster medallion by J. S. Westmacott of 1861 is in the Scott Polar Research Institute; an engraving by
W. T. Fry, after a drawing by T. Wageman, was published J. Letts, 1823 (example in NPG), for the New European Magazine; woodcuts were published ILN, VI (1845), 328, and XIX (1851), 329; there are several other engravings in the NPG; a lithograph by J. S. Templeton is listed by W. G. Strickland, Dictionary of Irish Artists (1913), II, 435; a daguerreotype of 1845 (together with others of his officers) was exhibited Manuscripts and Men, NPG, 1969 (130), lent by Colonel P. V. W. Gell.


This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: Richard Ormond, Early Victorian Portraits, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1973, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.