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'They forged the last links with their lives': Sir John Franklin's Men Dying by Their Boat During the North-West Passage Expedition

Photo credit: National Maritime Museum

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The original full title of this painting, under which it was first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1895, is 'They forged the last link with their lives: HMS ‘Erebus’ and ‘Terror’, 1849–1850' (the dates being artist's guesswork). It was the first and apparently most dramatic of only four works that Smith exhibited there and is probably the best known of various paintings prompted by the fiftieth anniversary of the departure of Sir John Franklin's ill-fated Arctic expedition from Britain in 1845.

National Maritime Museum

London


Date

1895

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 121.9 x W 208.2 cm

Accession number

BHC1273

Work type

Painting

Inscription description

W. Thomas-Smith. 95


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