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Technological improvements enabled Prince Albert to collect photographs of places that were significant to him


Captain Sir Robert McClure (1807-73) : 'Travelling Costume'


Albumen print | 16.0 x 15.8 cm (image) | RCIN 2510459

Photograph of a half-length portrait of Captain Sir Robert McClure, Commander of the Investigator sent out in search of Sir John Franklin, standing in three-quarters left stance. He wears Arctic dress consisting of mittens, gloves, overcoat and balaclava. His left hand rests on his hip and in his right hand he holds a long pole. He carries a bag and has a ?gun slung over his shoulder.

In 1854, Edward Augustus Inglefield undertook an expedition to the Arctic to provide assistance to HMS Resolute, one of the many expeditions that was seeking information on the fate of Sir John Franklin and his crew. Following his return to England, Inglefield presented to Queen Victoria an album of 30 photographs taken in northern Greenland. In November 1853 the Queen had seen some of Inglefield's paintings from an earlier expedition. A number of his watercolours can be found in the Royal Collection today.
  • Creator(s)

    Sir Edward Augustus Inglefield (1820-94) (photographer)

  • 16.0 x 15.8 cm (image)

  • Travelling Costume [Album: HMS Phoenix and Talbot in search of Sir John Franklin]

  • Presented to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert by Captain Edward Augustus Inglefield in 1854

  • Subject(s)
    • Places
      • Arctic territories
        • Arctic regions
        • Greenland