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Sir Edward Augustus Inglefield (1820-94)

Young Inughuit girls Jun 1854Jul 1854

Hand-coloured albumen print | 14.6 x 17.6 cm (image) | RCIN 2510472

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In 1854, Edward Augustus Inglefield (1820-94) 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 (1786-1847) and his crew. Following his return to England, Inglefield presented an album of 30 photographs taken in northern Greenland to Queen Victoria. 

This hand coloured photograph is from that album. The work depicts a group of six Esquimaux girls, aged between five and fifteen years.