in praise of stories, a Whig-Standard editorial

Just this week I had the pleasure of publishing an editorial on the discoveries made about the Franklin Expedition, from 1847 to the present. It considers the difference between the ships and the men and the stories told about them, with an appreciation for the spaces between the facts where other tales have grown.

The image is of a Victorian engraving I own myself, a framed print I picked up one sunny Sunday afternoon in Market Square a few years ago. It’s by Walter May, from A Series of Fourteen Sketches, made during the voyage up Wellington Channel in search of Sir J. Franklin (London, 1855). The buttons and spoons tell smaller, quieter stories than ships and human bones; you have to lean closer to hear them, but they’re well worth listening to. For me, the picture is as much a portrait of Sir John Franklin and his men as are the daguerreotypes taken just before they set sail.

Thanks to Peter Hendra, Arts and Entertainment reporter for the Kingston Whig-Standard, for helping to make it happen. I hope you enjoy it!

Between memory and discovery, a consideration of storytelling

1781.a.6 plate XIV

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