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Sir John Ross

Photo credit: National Portrait Gallery, London

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Ross became an Arctic explorer after distinguished naval service in the Napoleonic Wars. In 1818, he made his first voyage in search of the Northwest Passage to China. Deciding the route was blocked by mountains, Ross's reputation suffered when it was later shown that the mountains were an optical illusion. Ross rebounded by attracting funding, from the gin distiller Felix Booth, to command the first steam ship into the Arctic on another voyage to locate the Northwest Passage (1829–1833).
This painting was probably commissioned to celebrate Ross's return from his second Arctic voyage which endured four winters in the ice, encountered the Inuit people of South Greenland and discovered the magnetic North Pole.

National Portrait Gallery, London

London


Date

1833

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 132.1 x W 111.1 cm

Accession number

314

Acquisition method

Purchased, 1870

Work type

Painting


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