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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.
oil on canvas
39.2 x 32.5 cm
Bequeathed by Jane, Lady Franklin, 1892
National Portrait Gallery, London
St Martin’s Place, London, Greater London WC2H 0HE EnglandView venue
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