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'Sir John Franklin' and 'Lady Franklin'

A Matter of Life and Death

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Collection A Matter of Life and Death, Ceramics, Decorative art
ExhibitionsNorth-West Passage
User collections Franklin's ships 'Erebus' and 'Terror' by NMMpolar
Gallery locationPolar Worlds Gallery (Floor plans)
PeopleDepiction: Franklin, John

Object details:

Object ID AAA5957
Description A Staffordshire earthenware figure of the Arctic explorer, Sir John Franklin (1786-1847), the name 'SIR JOHN FRANKLIN' painted in gold on the base. He is dressed in naval uniform and hat, and stands in front of a rock holding a telescope. The rock and the face and hands of the figure are coloured, the uniform is white with the details picked out in gold. The figure, a pair with his wife Jane, similarly inscribed 'LADY FRANKLIN', probably dates from the early 1850s when highly-publicised search expeditions were seeking the missing explorer and his crews.
Date made circa 1855

Artist/Maker Unknown
Place made Staffordshire
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Materials earthenware
Measurements Overall: 275 x 120 x 80 mm
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