A rare and highly decorative piece of memorabilia commemorating a chapter in the best known of Arctic searches.
The broadside describes and illustrates the hydrogen balloons: “Should the wind prove favourable on arriving at the edge of the ice, these natural messengers will be sent up to announce the approach of the searching expedition.”
In 1850, Austin (1801-65), was appointed leader of the British Naval Franklin Search Expedition, 1850-51, serving as captain of HMS Resolute, sent by the Admiralty to search for Sir John Franklin’s missing Northwest Passage expedition by way of Baffin Bay and Lancaster Sound. During the expedition, Erasmus Ommanney discovered the first evidence that Franklin had in fact reached the Canadian Arctic. The expedition also conducted extensive coastal surveys and observations of topography, geology, fauna and meteorology.
Sotheby’s recently (30th September 2014) sold a copy of this broadside, described by them as “unrecorded”, as part of the Franklin Brooke-Hitching collection.
Linen broadside (50 x 36 cm) produced on the departure of the Austin Search Expedition, printed in red, large pictorial image with text and portrait vignette beneath, decorative border, light fold marks, framed and glazed (overall dimensions 65 x 50 cm), an excellent example.
Provenance: Christopher Lennox-Boyd.
Stock ID: 89382