Item Info

Item No: pdcc00180
Title: "The Dead Watch"
Additional Title: Remains of Dr. Kane lying in state, Independence Hall, Philadelphia.
Media Type: Scrapbooks
Source: Print and Picture Collection

A celebrated arctic explorer, Dr. Elisha Kane (1820-1857) died in Havana, Cuba while recuperating from a courageous attempt to find the lost expedition of polar explorer Sir John Franklin. His body was carried by funeral train from New Orleans to Philadelphia, where it lay in state at Independence Hall.

A group of mourners surround the casket which sits in the center of the room. It is draped with the American flag and a garland of flowers. The Liberty Bell is shown in the far right corner.

Creation Year: 1857
Call Number: A917.481 P536 v.3
Creator Name: Baxter, De Witt Clinton, approximately 1829-1881 - Artist
Castner, Samuel, Jr., 1843-1929 - Compiler