Since 1763 the name 'Russborough' has been synonymous with collecting and dealing in fine art. In the closing decades of the last century the historic town of Port Hope has become home to Lord Russborough's Annex, which specialises in an individual mix of antique maps, paintings and prints pertaining to the exploration of the Arctic.

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HMS Assistanc in the ice

Thomas Sewell Robbins HMS. Assistance in the ice 1853

Welcome to our History of Canadian Exploration pages.

Lord Russborough's Annex is pleased to make available for purchase more sections of our continuing history of the Exploration of the Arctic and Northern Canada.

Each section tells through an introductory essay the fascinating history of individuals and colourful events that make up our past, in an easy to understand format designed to pique further interests for would be historians, institutions and collectors alike. With a simple explanation of the relevance and importance of those explorations today. The sections are illustrated with original antique maps and prints ALL OF WHICH ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE making it possible to build a unique collection of original period material. 

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A Collection of original antique maps and prints pertaining to

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    “We shall not cease from exploration     And the end of all our exploring
          Will be to arrive where we started    And know the place for the first time.”  T.S. Eliot


The Franklin search: arctic ice nip quartet

Maps relating to Arctic exploration 1 2 3

The Exploration of the Arctic and Northern Canada

1: Prologue: Asleep by the frozen sea

Section 2: Samuel Hearne and Fort Prince of Wales

Section 3: Nelson's Farthest North

Section 4: The Search for the Right Whale

Section 5: Cook's Final Frontier

Section 6: The Tragic Voyage of La Pérouse

Section 7:  Pacific Fur Traders and the Nootka Convention

Section 8: The intrepid Alexander Mackenzie and the Nor'westers

Section 9: They carried the economy of a nation on their backs - Fur trade rivalries and western survey and expansion 1780-1823

Section 10: John Ross First Arctic Command 1818

Section 11: William Edward Parry First Arctic Command: The North American Arctic Archipelago Discovered & the N.W. Passage revealed.

Section 12: Franklin's Incredible Journey

Section 13: Arctic Knowledge Advances:Meteorological Observation and Phenomenon