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Arctic artist : the journal and paintings of George Back, midshipman with Franklin, 1819-1822

Author: George Back, Sir; C Stuart Houston; I S MacLaren; Rupert's Land Record Society.
Publisher: Montreal ; Buffalo : McGill-Queen's University Press, ©1994.
Series: Rupert's Land Record Society series, 3.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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George Back accompanied Sir John Franklin's tragic first Arctic land expedition and kept a lively record in prose and watercolor sketches. This is a reprint of the 1994 work which completed the editor's trilogy of the journals of Franklin's officers. Houston provides an introduction and extensive annotations. Arctic Artist is the liveliest and most complete account of Sir John Franklin's tragic first Arctic land  Read more...
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Back, George, Sir, 1796-1878.
Arctic artist.
Montreal ; Buffalo : McGill-Queen's University Press, ©1994
(DLC) 95183518
(OCoLC)31799471
Named Person: George Back, Sir; John Franklin; George Back, Sir; John Franklin, Sir; George Back; John Franklin; George Back; John (Forschungsreisender) Franklin; George Back, Sir; John Franklin, Sir; George Back, Sir; John Franklin; George Back; John Franklin; George Back; John (Forschungsreisender) Franklin
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: George Back, Sir; C Stuart Houston; I S MacLaren; Rupert's Land Record Society.
ISBN: 9780773564701 0773564705
OCLC Number: 767671257
Description: 1 online resource (xxviii, 403 pages) : illustrations (some color), maps.
Contents: List of figures --
List of maps --
Acknowledgments --
Introduction --
Note on the text --
George Back's journal: Stromness to York factory --
York factory to Cumberland House --
Cumberland House to Fort Carlton --
Fort Carlton to Fort Chipewyan --
Fort Chipewyan to Fort Enterprise --
To Point Lake and return --
Fort Enterprise to Fort Chipewyan --
Fort Chipewyan to Fort Enterprise --Preparations to leave Fort Enterprise --
Descent of the Coppermine River --
Exploring the Arctic Coastline --
Point Turnagain to Obstruction Rapids --
Obstruction Rapids to Moose Deer island --
Great Slave Lake to York Factory --
Postscript --
Figures.
Series Title: Rupert's Land Record Society series, 3.
Responsibility: edited by C. Stuart Houston ; commentary by I.S. MacLaren.
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George Back accompanied Sir John Franklin's tragic first Arctic land expedition and kept a lively record in prose and watercolor sketches. This is a reprint of the 1994 work which completed the editor's trilogy of the journals of Franklin's officers. Houston provides an introduction and extensive annotations. Arctic Artist is the liveliest and most complete account of Sir John Franklin's tragic first Arctic land expedition. George Back's prose captures the drama of this journey, and his superb water colour sketches reveal the beauty and wonder of this northern land. Back's journal completes Stuart Houston's trilogy of the journals of Franklin's officers, and is particularly valuable because it is the only journal that records the entire expedition; Franklin himself relied on it for his own published account of the journey. Houston provides an introduction and extensive annotations, as well as synopses of the frank comments regarding the expedition recorded in the various journals of the Hudson's Bay fur trade posts. I.S. MacLaren's commentary on Back's paintings reveals a naval officer of exceptional talent. Conversant with the artistic conventions and aesthetic temper of his age, Back used his sketchbooks not only to depict the expedition's progress but also to capture his imaginative response to the northern wilderness. MacLaren also edits and comments on two other documents written by Back during the expedition: a candid letter to his brother and a poem dramatizing the disaster that claimed the lives of eleven of the twenty explorers in Franklin's party.

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