Manufactured by John Benjamin Dancer
From the collection of Dan Weinstock
This image, manufactured by the noted nineteenth-century Manchester
(England) optician/microscope maker/ and inventor of microphotographs,
John Benjamin Dancer, is based on the 1851 painting by Stephen Pearce (
commissioned by Col. John Barrow, a Secretary at the Admiralty, and now
in the National Portrait Gallery in London) entitled: "The Arctic Council
Discussing the Plan of Search for Sir John Franklin." Depicted on the Pearce
painting and Dancer's microscopic photographic slide image are Captain
Bird, Sir Charles Ross, Sir John Richardson, Barrow and six others reviewing
charts and plans around a table. An engraving of this painting was also
published in 1853.
This image shows Dancer's photograph of the Pearce
painting, which he reduced and fitted onto the microphotograph shown above.
With thanks to Dan Weinstock for the images and historical background on this slide!