A head to torso portrait of Captain Matthew Webb from the Illustrated London News

A head to torso engraved portrait of Captain Matthew Webb within a printed oval surround. This portrait is taken from the Illustrated London News when reporting his death in July 1883. He had drowned in his attempt to swim the Whirlpool Rapids of the Niagara River. The portrait shows him with two medals: the Stanhope Medal for attempting to save a crewman who had fallen overboard the Cunard liner 'Russia' (1867) on 22 April 1873. The other was the Liverpool Humane Society medal presented for the same event.

Object Details

ID: 58/6048
Collection: Historic Photographs
Type: Roll film negative
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Illustrated London News
Date made: July 1883
People: Webb, Matthew, Capt
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Illustrated London News Collection
Measurements: Overall negative strip: 33 mm x 230 mm

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