William Scoresby. Jun.r Esq.r. F. R. S. E. &c.
[Published by Henry Fisher, Caxton Liverpool, 1821.]
Engraving. Sheet size: 163 x 100mm (6½ x 4"). Trimmed inside platemark.
A half length portrait of English Arctic explorer, scientist and clergyman, William Scoresby (1789 - 1857). His father, William Scoresby Senior (1760–1829), made a fortune in the Arctic whale fishery and was also the inventor of the barrel crow's nest. In his voyage of 1807, Scoresby Jnr. began the study of the meteorology and natural history of the polar regions and in 1811, his father resigned to him the command of the 'Resolution'. Scoresby gained election as a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and of his sixty papers published in the Royal Society list, many were on the study of magnetism, which he used to improve the accuracy of the ship's compass. However his observations extended into other departments, including researches on optics and, with James Joule, comparing electromagnetic, thermal, and organic power sources. William junior finished whaling in 1823, aged 33, to train for the ministry.
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