Ref NoD8760/F/LIB/8/1/5
Former ReferenceD3311/75/1
TitleMounted set of photographic prints of John Franklin and the crews of H.M.S. Erebus and Terror taken in May 1845
Date[c1875]
CreatorGell family of Hopton Hall, Wirksworth
DescriptionInscribed above: 'OFFICERS OF THE "EREBUS" AND "TERROR"'

Top row: Lieut. Des Voeux, C. Osmer (Purser), Lieut. Fairholme, Lieut. Couch,
Middle row: Com. Fitzjames, Capt. Sir J Franklin, Capt. Crozier, Lieut. Le Vesconte, S Stanley (Surgeon),
Bottom row: Lieut. Graham Gore (Com.), H.F. Collins (Ice Master), H.D.S. Goodsir (Asst. Surgeon), James Read (Ice Master), Lieut. R.O. Sargent

Inscribed underneath: 'SAILED FROM ENGLAND 19TH MAY 1845 IN SEARCH OF THE NORTH WEST PASSAGE. "THE WHITE NORTH HAS THEIR BONES"'

The originals of these photographs were daguerreotypes, commissioned by Lady Jane Franklin from Richard Beard. They were taken on 16 May 1845 on H.M.S. Erebus at Greenhithe, Kent, as the ships were readying for departure. The daguerreotypes were subsequently themselves photographed and two sets of prints created; the other set is at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich.

The photographs in this mount are albumen prints, a photographic process that was invented in 1847. The use of the phrase "The White North had their bones" deliberately echoes the use of Tennyson's words on Sir John Franklin's memorial monument (where 'thy' is inscribed rather than 'their') makes it likely that the photographs were mounted in or later than 1875, when the memorial was erected.

On the reverse is a label for "Gray & Davies, Photographers, from H. Dixon & Sons, 92, Queen's Road, Bayswater, W."
Extent1 outsize item
OriginalsThe original daguerreotypes from which these copies were made are at the Scott Polar Research Institute
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Fairholme; James Walter (1821-1848); naval officer
Fitzjames; James (c 1812-1848); naval officer
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