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Sir Henry Kellett

Photo credit: National Portrait Gallery, London

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Kellett joined the Navy in 1822. He spent five years in the West Indies and then served on survey vessels under William Fitzwilliam Owen in Africa, and as second-in-command on HMS Sulphur in the East Indies and in the Opium War with China (1840–1841). In 1845, he was appointed Captain of the survey ship HMS Herald, reassigned in 1848 to search for missing Arctic explorer Sir John Franklin. During this voyage, he discovered Herald Island.

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  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    39.2 x 32.5 cm

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  • Acquisition method

    Bequeathed by Jane, Lady Franklin, 1892


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