WHYMPER, Frederick




Author Tags: Art, Early B.C.

Born in London, England in 1838, Frederick Whymper was the official artist with Robert Brown's Vancouver Island Exploring Expedition [See Robert Brown entry] and he also visited Bute Inlet with Alfred Waddington's road builders prior to the so-called Chilcotin War [see Alfred Waddington, Reverend Lundin Brown entries]. He stayed in B.C. from 1862 to 1867, visiting the Cariboo goldfields and partaking in the construction of the Collins Overland Telegraph. He returned to England where he produced a memoir that was first published in 1868. The first five chapters deal primarily with his journeys in British Columbia. He later produced an historical work on Arctic explorers in North America. He died in London on November 26, 1901. Mt. Whymper at the head of the Chemainus River was named after Frederick Whymper in 1864--but Mt. Whymper in the Kootenays is named after the first man to reach its summit, Edward Whymper, who also led the first ascent of the Matterhorn.

BOOKS:

Travel and Adventure in the Territory of Alaska, Formerly Russian America - Now Ceded to the United States - And In Various Other Parts of the North Pacific (London: John Murray, 1868; also Ann Arbor: University Microfilms, Inc., 1966)

The Heroes and the Arctic and Their Adventures (London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge; New York: Pott, Young & Co., 1875)

[BCBW 2004] "Early B.C." "Art"