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Monument to Dr John Rae (1813–1893)
Monument to Dr John Rae (1813–1893)
Monument to Dr John Rae (1813–1893)
Monument to Dr John Rae (1813–1893)
Monument to Dr John Rae (1813–1893)
Monument to Dr John Rae (1813–1893)
Monument to Dr John Rae (1813–1893)
Monument to Dr John Rae (1813–1893)
Monument to Dr John Rae (1813–1893)

Photo credit: Orkney Islands Council

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Explorer John Rae is shown dressed in Inuit clothing and covered with a fur while he sleeps. He has a book and rifle by his side and a round cap behind his head. The figure rests on carved drapery. The sculpture is mounted on a rough-hewn pink granite base with polished areas on each long side and inscriptions in gold lettering. The pink granite rests on a grey granite step.

St Magnus Cathedral



Monument to Dr John Rae (1813–1893)




marble & granite


H 70 x W 193 x D 80 cm;
Plinth: H 78 x W 214.3 x D 91.3 cm

Accession number


Acquisition method


Work type

Tomb or mausoleum

Signature/marks description


Inscription description

front of granite base: JOHN RAE, M.D., L.L.D., F.R.S., F.R.G.S., / ARCTIC EXPLORER. / INTREPID DISCOVERER OF THE FATE OF SIR JOHN FRANKLIN'S LAST EXPEDITION. / BORN - 1813 - DIED - 1893. / EXPEDITIONS - 1846-7; 1848-9; 1851-2; 1853-4. on back of sculpture: ERECTED BY PUBLIC SUBSCRIPTION / 1895.


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Normally on display at

St Magnus Cathedral

Broad Street, Kirkwall, Orkney Islands KW15 1NX Scotland

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