Maguire, Thomas-Herbert (1821-95; English), after Negelen, Joseph Mathias (1792-1870; Swiss)
Sir John Franklin (1837)
Presented by J.Shillinglaw, 1875
Present location unknown

This image of the famous Arctic explorer (1786-1847) was one of two lithographs presented together in January 1875 (as listed in the NGV’s annual report for that year). For the other, depicting a key member of Franklin’s voyages, see Unknown Sir George Back {1875} Loc? [PR].

Franklin joined the navy in 1800, was a crew member on Matthew Flinders’ circumnavigation of Australia in the Investigator in 1802, and fought at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. During the 1810s and 20s, he led expeditions to Canada and the Arctic, and was then Lieutenant Governor of Tasmania from 1837-43. In 1845, aged 59, he embarked on a new Arctic expedition, which led to the successful discovery of the long-sought North-West Passage, but eventuated in his death.

It seems possible that this impression may have been re-purposed as the image of Franklin in the Melbourne Public Library’s “Oval portrait” series.

[comparative photo: National Portrait Gallery impression]


AR 1875, p.39; not listed in NGV 1894 or 1905 

For the impression reproduced here, see 

For Franklin, see (biography by Kathleen Fitzpatrick, first published in ADB vol.1, 1966, focussing on his term as Tasmanian governor) and (a detailed and well-referenced account). For Maguire and Negelen, see Bénézit 9, p.42, and 10, p.222 respectively (neither artist is listed in AKL)