The photographs in this exhibit come from albums owned by John Bartlett, captain of the vessels Kite
. Bartlett sailed the Kite
to Northwest Greenland in 1895 to bring Robert E. Peary home from the North, where he had been for two years. Peary chose him as captain of the Hope
, which he chartered for summer voyages in 1896 and 1897, when he tried to transport large meteorites from Cape York, Greenland to New York. These photographs, taken by an unidentified photographer, document the final years of the 19th Century, as the Inuit of Northwest Greenland were becoming increasingly linked to the wider world.
Pictured above: West Greenland Children.