News from the Arctic
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The press in its various forms was instrumental in the dissemination of Arctic representations. The repeal of the stamp duty on newspapers in 1855 coincided with the later Sir John Franklin search expeditions, and resulted in a rapid increase in the number and variety of national daily newspapers. Arctic reporting was particularly affected by geographical and climatic determinants. The departure of an Arctic expedition from Britain, usually in the late spring, could be extensively reported. The Times provided very low-key reporting of Arctic expeditions, as is evident from a study of its coverage of the departure of Franklin in 1845, and the numerous search expeditions during the 1850s. The Illustrated London News had become the most successful illustrated weekly at the time of Franklin and the search expeditions. Edward Moss, the official artist of the British Arctic Expedition, had many of his paintings published in a variety of media.

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