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First communication with the Natives of Prince Regents Bay, as Drawn by John Sackhouse and presented to Capt. Ross, Augt 10, 1818

PAG7970
Exploring the Arctic

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Collection Exploring the Arctic
ExhibitionsNorth-West Passage
User collections Re·Think Migration by marre986
Gallery locationNot on display
EventsArctic Exploration: Ross's First Voyage 1818-1819

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Object ID PAG7970
Description This engraving shows the Royal Navy’s first encounter with Inuit in the Arctic. John Ross explored Prince Regent’s Bay in north-west Greenland during his 1818 expedition. Here, Ross and William Parry can be seen exchanging knives and mirrors with their new acquaintances. The artist of this engraving, John Sacheuse, was the expedition’s Greenland Inuit interpreter, who came to Britain on a Leith whaler in 1816. He spent time in Edinburgh, where he developed a passion for drawing, and was taught by the Scottish artist Alexander Naysmyth. Ross met him at Deptford while the ships were being fitted out. Ross praised Sacheuse’s service and recommended the Admiralty to employ him on further expeditions. Unfortunately, he died of typhoid shortly after Ross returned to England.
Date made 2 February 1819

Artist/Maker Murray, John
Sackhouse, John
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Materials aquatint, coloured
Measurements Primary support: 292 mm x 427 mm
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  • First communication with the Natives of Prince Regents Bay, as Drawn by John Sackhouse and presented to Capt. Ross, Augt 10, 1818 (PAG7970)
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