Russian Antarctic Expedition

The Bellingshausen expedition's two sloops-of-war, Mirny and Vostok
The Bellingshausen expedition's two sloops-of-war, Mirny and Vostok

Historical Context

The first Russian Antarctic Expedition 1819-1821 by led by Baltic German Fabian Gottieb von Bellingshausen, a Russian naval officer who captained the ship Vostok with his second-in-command Mikhail Lazarev aboard the Miry.

They were not only the first to cross the Antarctic circle since Captain Cook, they went on be the first to sight Antarctic in January 1820 and to make two circumnavigations of the continent. Bellingshausen is responsible for naming a number of landmarks in Antarctica including Peter I Island and the Alexander Coast.

Painting Info


Location painted: Kronstadt, Imperial Russia

Source: Saint Petersburg

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