Captain Sir James Clark Ross (1800-1862)
A three-quarter length posthumous portrait of the explorer wearing captain's undress uniform. Ross is shown seated at a table next to a standing globe on his left. His right arm rests on a chart and behind him on the table are various navigational instruments. Behind him is a chart on the wall bearing the legend 'South Polar Discovery 1841-1842'. A nephew of the arctic explorer Sir John Ross, Clark Ross entered the navy under his auspices. He subsequently went on Parry's arctic expeditions of 1819-1820; 1821-1823; 1824-1825; 1827. In the Felix Booth expedition of 1829-1833 he accompanied his uncle and was the actual discoverer of the magnetic pole. In 1839 he surveyed the Antarctic, commanding the 'Erebus' and 'Terror' on one of the earliest Antarctic expeditions. He was away for four years and was knighted on his return. From 1848-1849 his last service was to command one of the search expeditions to find Sir John Franklin.
- Image reference: BHC2979
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Greenwich Hospital Collection
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