This fascinating folio lithograph is from the scarce polar work of Sir Arthur de Capell Brooke entitled Winter Sketches in Lapland, or Illustrations of a Journey from Alten on the shores of the Polar Sea in 69 degrees 55 minutes North Lat. through Norwegian, Russian and Swedish Lapland to Tornea at the extremity of the Gulf of Bothnia. Intended to Exhibit a Complete View of the Mode of Travelling with Rein-Deer, the most Striking Incidents that Occurred during the Journey, and the General Character of the Winter Scenery of Lapland. The work was published in London by John Murray in 1826. Each lithograph was done on India paper by J. D. Harding and D. Dighton after Brooke’s illustrations.
Sir Arthur de Capell Brooke, 2nd Baronet (1791 1858) was a British baronet and travel writer, Fellow of the Royal Society (1823) and co-establisher of the Raleigh Club (1827). In 1820, he traveled through Lapland and this work illustrates his journey including the travel hardshipgs and the Northern Lights. Brooke noted: The wants of the Laplander are few, and confined to the procuring the common necessaries of life: his mind is not enlarged enough to allow the powers of thinking to predominate, and yet I do not find from his moral character, that he is the worse for this; and should the purity of the one be found to be owing to the limited nature of the other, it were to be wished that the rest of mankind resembled him in this respect.