BELLOT, Joseph René. Stephen PEARCE (artist). 'Lieutenant Bellot, of the Imperial Navy of France. Engraved from the Original Picture Painted Expressly for Lady Franklin, is Dedicated ... to ... Napoleon the Third, Emperor of the French'. London: Thomas Boys and Paris: E. Gambart & Cie, 6 April 1854.
A large mezzotint portrait of Bellot by James Scott after Pearce, image size c. 300 x 380mm, slightly marked, otherwise very good, mounted.
This handsome portrait commemorates Joseph René Bellot (1826-1853). Born and educated in Paris, Bellot joined the French Navy in 1843. In 1851 he volunteered to accompany William Kennedy on the Prince Albert in search of Sir John Franklin, and Bellot sailed again to the Arctic regions in 1853. While travelling to carry dispatches to Sir Edward Belcher, he fell into a crack in the ice near Cape Bowden and drowned; his diary, narrating his Arctic adventures, was published in 1855. The present portrait was engraved by Scott after the original oil painting by Stephen Pearce (1851), which now hangs in London's National Portrait Gallery.