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Entered the Navy in 1823 and in 1828 served in a surveying voyage around South America. During the First Opium War in 1842, he was employed as surveyor and pilot, after which he was promoted to commander and was tasked with surveying of the coast of China. In 1849 Collinson was appointed to command an expedition on the HMS Enterprise to search for the missing Arctic explorer Sir John Franklin, travelling via the Bering Strait.
oil on canvas
39.2 x 32.6 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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