But they did not become famous until they were exhumed by Professor Owen Beattie and his team in 1984.
I've read the account in Beattie's book "Frozen in time" and just had to paint them. How could they have looked when they were alive? All I have as a guide are photographs of the preserved bodies, and until someone exhumes them again there will be only that very limited number of old photos.
So you can't really call my work an "archeological reconstruction", but merely an "artistic interpretation".
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I always wondered why Torrington's nose and forehead were blackened. Now I know, thank you.
Watched the photo and I really think you did a good job, also with checking the minor details like the eye color or their beards.
Price list? You mean for prints? I can't make good quality prints of these, since I lost the original 300 dpi file.
Their corpses are not the only ones to be fairly well preserved up in the Arctic circle. In 1969 the corpse of American Explorere Charles Francis Hall was exhumed in Greenland, and found to have arsenic in him. Either from patent medicines he used, or by suicide, or by murder - possibly by the German doctor on Hall's Polaris Expedition. Read (if you haven't) Chauncey Loomis's WEIRD AND TRAGIC SHORES.
The mummies were so creepy/awesome!! I can't believe their eyes were still there and in such in excellent condition, along with the rest of their bodies!! I got a shiver up my spine when I saw the pictures!
Also interesting how straight men's teeth were in the 1800s without orthodontia.
You are very talented!!!!!!
It was John Torrington's face that really stuck with me from that book, and it's so amazing now to see him and the others come to life in your rendition. You gave them so much personality and character. I think my favorite is William; he's got such a clever, knowing look to him.
You're very talented, and it's great to see such talent put to something like this. What a great way to honor those brave men.
I wish I could have been there when they exhumed them in 1984. Just because.