Inspired by a recent discussion about if a picture which has appeared in an article the Daily Mirror on which appears a sledge with a skeleton inside is actually related or not with the Franklin expedition, I decided to offer to the public a compilation of those illustrations and paintings which I currently know which show the boat found by the McClinctock in his searching expedition and which was revisited in the subsequents ones.
A detailed description of the boat and its content discovered by Hobson is described here and contemporary pictures of the place where it was found ade available here.
1.- This, is the particular case of the engraving which illustrates the finding of one of the boats by the Lieutenant Hobson during the expedition of the Fox in 1857.
|This illustration, from Harper's Weekly, depicts Lt. Hobson as he discovers a boat used by members of the missing Franklin Expedition. |
From the Russell Potter scan of the original: www.ric.edu/faculty/rpotter/deathfull_sm.jpg
2.- This second illustration shows the same event depicted almost identically, and surely by the same author, who by the way is unknown to me. It looks as if it were another frame of the same sequence:
|“Discovery of the Franklin expedition boat.” New yorkFrom "Frozen Ocean"|
In both of them you can see the same number of people, six explorers, six dogs, two sledges, two skeletons, a boat and two barrelled guns. But besides the fact that one is couloured and the other isn´t, you can notice that the postures of the men and the dogs are different. I have no idea about which newspaper was it published.
3.- Likely, based on these previous drawings, this next one was made. This time, again, six men are shown removing what could be a canvas, a coat or some clothes, to show a skeleton inside the boat. On the floor, close to the clothes are what seems to be a pair of boots. I haven´t been able to guess who was the author of this drawing, however the drawing has a name written at the bottom which seems to read "Bemable" or something like that. I leave this open to your own investigations.
4.- Here, we have another case, this one appears in the book "Finding the North Pole" published in 1909 inside the chapter"The fate of the Sir John Franklin Expedition" in the page number 310. The creepy illustration appears over the name: "McClinctock finding skeletons of Sir John Franklin´s men":
7.- This last one is represented alone together with a window on its bottom which shows several of the Franklin expedition relics found. I have no trace about what could be the origin of this one, I guess that it could have been published in some newspaper of the time. It is signed with the initials: C.W.
If someone have any clue about its origin, please feel free to enlight me!.
I began with great illusion this post till I realised that the number of illustrations and paintings about the Franklin expedition´s boats were further less than I had previously imagined. By the time this is all I can offer you.