Arctic Artist: The Journals and Paintings of George Back, Midshipman with Franklin, 1819-1822

By: Back, George; Houston, C. Stuart; MacLaren, I.S.

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First edition. Faint stain to page base, owner bookplate on front endpaper. 1994 Hard Cover. xxviii, 403, [1] pp. Back's journal is particularly valuable because it is the only one that records the entire expedition; Franklin himself relied on it for his own published account of the journey. Both the journal and Back's earlier notes have been edited by Houston, who 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 midshipman-artist of exceptional talent. Conversant with the artistic conventions and aesthetic temper of his age, Back used his sketch-books not only to depict the expedition's progress but also to capture his imaginative response to the northern wilderness. MacLaren 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. Arctic Artist will be of interest to Franklin and Arctic enthusiasts, and to Canadian studies, northern studies, art history, and anthropology specialists.

Title: Arctic Artist: The Journals and Paintings of George Back, Midshipman with Franklin, 1819-1822

Author: Back, George; Houston, C. Stuart; MacLaren, I.S.

Illustrator: Back, George

Categories: Fine Art & Artists, Polar Expeditions, Nautical & Exploration,

Publisher: McGill-Queen's University Press: 1994

ISBN Number: 0773511814

ISBN Number 13: 9780773511811

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Very Good

Jacket Condition: Very Good

Seller ID: 2273165

Keywords: ADVENTURE ARCTIC EXPLORATION ART ARTIST GEORGE BACK JOHN FRANKLIN EXPEDITION MIDSHIPMAN CREW MEMBER,