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Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

John Rae (1813-1893), Arctic explorer and surgeon

Arctic explorer; a surgeon in the Hudson's Bay Company; took part in the expeditions searching for Sir John Franklin; discovered evidence of his fate from the natives on the west coast of Boothia, and obtained the government reward of £10,000.

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.