"Photograph [daguerreotype on copper] of Lieut. Bellot presented by him to Mr John Barrow - 1851".
Joseph René Bellot (1826-1853) was born in Paris. Aged 15 he entered the Ecole Navale at Brest. In 1851, he joined the Arctic expedition under the command of Captain William Kennedy in search of Sir John Franklin. In 1852, he accompanied the Franklin Search Expedition under Captain Edward Inglefield; whilst making a perilous journey for the purpose of communicating with Sir Edward Belcher, he disappeared in an opening between the broken masses of ice in the Wellington Channel.