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Frederick William Beechey

Photo credit: National Portrait Gallery, London

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Beechey entered the Navy in July 1806 and served on a number of ships before, in 1818, he went on the Arctic expedition of which he later published an account, Voyage of Discovery Towards the North Pole. He embarked on many other surveying missions, including the north coast of Africa, South America and the coast of Ireland. From 1850 until his death he was Superintendent of the Marine Department of the Board of Trade; he was consulted on all Arctic issues and contributed papers to the Royal Society of which he was a fellow.

National Portrait Gallery, London


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  • Medium

    oil on millboard

  • Measurements

    38.1 x 32.1 cm

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  • Acquisition method

    Bequeathed by Jane, Lady Franklin, 1892


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