Pulling a Sledge in the Arctic, 1850s, unsigned, watercolor on paper, 7-1/4 x 10-1/2 in.; silver finished wood frame, 11-1/4 x 14-1/2 in.
Note: The second arctic expedition financed by Henry Grinnell, was another attempt to locate any remains of Sir John Franklin's Northwest Passage expedition of 1845. The Grinnell Expedition was led by Elisha Kent Kane, who then collaborated with James Hamilton to illustrate his published story. Kane made sketches on the journey, Hamilton then produced watercolors such as this lot, and then engravings were made for the publication. Kane's accounts of his adventures were extremely popular.
Provenance: Descended in the family of Elisha Kent Kane; Kane Manor Auction, Kane Pennsylvania, September 2003
hinged in, slight foxing lower left side, slight wear at edges not visible under mat, slight surface crease near left edge; frame in good condition