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Captain Franklin, R.N. Commander of the Land Expedition to the Arctic

G.R. Lewis (artist) and F.C. Lewis (engraver)1824

Derbyshire Record Office

Derbyshire Record Office
Matlock, United Kingdom

Portrait of Captain John Franklin (later Sir John Franklin), with a view of Fort Enterprise in the background.

Fort Enterprise was an encampment on the bank of the Coppermine River in Canada used during the Coppermine Expedition. In 1819-1822, Franklin led the Coppermine Expedition to chart the area between the Hudson Bay and the north coast of Canada in an attempt to discover the North West Passagge. Despite the various disasters that beset the expedition, which resulted in the deaths of 11 out of the 22 men in the party, Franklin was hailed a hero on his return. This portrait of Franklin wasn't liked by his friends and family who considered it 'mawkish'.

Details

  • Title: Captain Franklin, R.N. Commander of the Land Expedition to the Arctic
  • Creator: G.R. Lewis (artist), F.C. Lewis (engraver)
  • Date Created: 1824
  • Location: Fort Enterprise, Northern Territories, Canada, Arctic
  • Location Created: London, England
  • Physical Dimensions: Paper size 36 x 49 cm, print size 27 x 32 cm
  • Provenance: Gell family of Hopton Hall
  • Publisher: Hurst and Robinson, Cheapside.

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