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John Barrow

Photo credit: National Portrait Gallery, London

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John Barrow was the second son of the renowned secretary to the Admiralty of the same name. He entered the Admiralty as a clerk in 1824 where he rose through the ranks to become Head of the Admiralty Record Office in 1844. He was a founder member of the Hakluyt Society, and the only civilian member of the Arctic council that was established in 1851 to co-ordinate the search for missing Arctic explorer John Franklin.

National Portrait Gallery, London


  • Date


  • Medium

    oil on millboard

  • Measurements

    37.8 x 31.8 cm

  • Accession number


  • Acquisition method

    Bequeathed by Jane, Lady Franklin, 1892


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