The Near-Sighted Monkey

Above: “Red snow” along cliffs in Greenland”, and “A Remarkable Iceberg” from John Ross, A Voyage of Discovery, 1819

From Ice: A Victorian Romance online exhibition at the Linda Hall Library

This exhibition explores the Victorian fascination with polar and glacial ice in the period from 1818 to 1860. In 1818, the British Navy began to send out expeditions in search of a Northwest Passage, broadening the search around 1840 to include Antarctica. Also around 1840, the glacial theory was proposed and debated, and the ice at the poles became the key to envisioning the ice ages of the past.

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    “Red snow” along cliffs in Greenland”, and “A Remarkable Iceberg” from John Ross, A Voyage of Discovery, 1819
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