'Sir John Franklin' and 'Lady Franklin'

A Staffordshire earthenware figure of the Arctic explorer, Sir John Franklin (1786-1847), the name 'SIR JOHN FRANKLIN' painted in gold on the base. He is dressed in naval uniform and hat, and stands in front of a rock holding a telescope. The rock and the face and hands of the figure are coloured, the uniform is white with the details picked out in gold. The figure, a pair with his wife Jane, similarly inscribed 'LADY FRANKLIN', probably dates from the early 1850s when highly-publicised search expeditions were seeking the missing explorer and his crews.

Object Details

ID: AAA5957
Collection: Decorative art
Type: Figure
Display location: Display - Polar Worlds Gallery
Creator: Unknown
Date made: circa 1855
Exhibition: North-West Passage
People: Franklin, John
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: Overall: 275 x 120 x 80 mm

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