JCB Archive of Early American Images
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D824 P265j / 1-SIZE
Eskimaux. Listening at a Seal-hole. In the act of Striking a Seal.
George Francis Lyon
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Edward Francis Finden
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plate; vol. 2, following p. 172
steel engraving, aquatint
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Native Americans [Inuit] dressed in furs or skins and carrying spears on ropes watch at holes in the ice. Includes sea birds and sledge.
Parry, William Edward, Sir, 1790-1855
Journal of a second voyage for the discovery of a north-west passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific; performed in the years 1821-22-23, in his Majesty's ships Fury and Hecla, under the orders of William Edward Parry, ...
Source place of publication:
John Murray, Publisher to the Admiralty, and Board of Longitude.
Parry noted the Inuit dependence on hunting rather than food stores in the winter. Members of the expedition carefully observed native American hunting methods.William Parry's first independent expedition to find a northwest passage left in 1819 to try to meet John Franklin coming over land. His ships were the first British ones to enter the Arctic Archipelago, and he was the first to reach 110o W longitude. He stayed on Melville Island (named for Viscount Melville) until August 1, 1820, sailed a little farther south and west, then returned to England. He proved that it was possible to winter over in the Arctic and showed that one would have to navigate through an archipelago to find a northwest passage. The second expedition left in April of 1821; two winters were passed in the Arctic and much knowledge of the Inuit was gained, but ice blocked any discovery of a passage.Image placed horizontally on page.
Acquired before 1874.
Owner and copyright:
©John Carter Brown Library, Box 1894, Brown University, Providence, R.I. 02912
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