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HMS 'Erebus' in the Ice, 1846

Photo credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London

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This oil painting by the Belgian marine artist François Etienne Musin refers to HMS ‘Erebus’s’ Arctic venture under the command of Sir John Franklin in 1845. For Franklin’s last journey she had been fitted with a steam engine and a screw propeller and was accompanied by HMS ‘Terror’. In 1848 both vessels were abandoned in the ice.

In this painting Musin shows the vessel surrounded by icebergs, but still in open water. A gloomy sky is only allowing some sunlight unto the scene, causing a stage-like effect in the composition. In the foreground the ship’s crew are busy moving smaller crafts across the ice.

National Maritime Museum

London


Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 114.5 x W 178 cm

Accession number

BHC3325

Work type

Painting


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