George (Sir George) Back
(1796 - 1878)
George (Sir George) Back was active/lived in United Kingdom, United States, England, Canada. George Back is known for arctic sketches, icebergs, watercolors.
Admiral Sir George Back FRS (6 November 1796 – 23 June 1878) was a British naval officer, explorer of the Canadian Arctic, naturalist and artist. He was born in Stockport, England. As a boy, he went to sea as a volunteer in the frigate HMS Arethusa in 1808 and took part in the destruction of batteries on the Spanish coast. In the following year, he was involved in combat in the Bay of Biscay, until he was captured by the French.
Back remained a prisoner until the peace of early 1814 and during this time, practiced his skills as an artist, which he later put to use in recording his travels through the Arctic.
Following his release, Back served on HMS Akbar and HMS Bulwark as a midshipman before vo ... Displaying 750 of 7468 characters.