1907 Wood Engraving Admiral John Franklin Royal Navy Officer Arctic XGV8
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This is an original 1907 black and white wood engraving of the Rear-Admiral John Franklin, an Arctic explorer and British Royal Navy officer.
This 104+ year old Item is rated Near Mint / Very Fine+. No creases. No natural defects. No surface rub. No tears. No water damage.
Product Type: Original Engraving; Black / White
Grade: Near Mint / Very Fine+
Dimensions: Approximately 4.5 x 5.25 inches; 11 x 13 cm
Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)
This piece was illustrated by Whymper, Edward.
Edward Whymper (1840-1911), the mountaineer, explorer, and illustrator, is remembered for being the first man to successfully ascend the Matterhorn of Switzerland in 1865. Whymper was born in London, England and was the second of eleven children. His elder brother Frederick was also an artist and explorer, and became a celebrated wood engraver, much like Edward; both had learned to engrave in their fatherÕs studio. In 1860, Edward was commissioned to create a portfolio depicting Professor BonneyÕs ascent of Mont Pelvoux. Whymper became enthralled with mountaineering during this experience, and went on to explore Mont Blanc and the Pennine Alps for himself for the duration of the 1860s.
Whymper had unsuccessfully tried climbing the Matterhorn eight times, but in 1865, successfully reached the summit with six other party members. Unfortunately, during the descent, four of the men fell to their deaths, after one of the men slipped and fell onto another.