|John Henry Lefroy was a Royal Artillery officer and scientist who pioneered the study of terrestrial magnetism and conducted the first comprehensive magnetic and meteorological survey in British North America. To accomplish this, in 1843, he travelled 5,000 miles to North West Canada to measure magnetism in 300 locations and locate the magnetic North Pole. The painting of Lefroy in the North West was painted by Paul Kane in 1845-46 and measures 31x22 inches. It was auctioned in 2002 and bought by multi-millionaire Kenneth Thompson for 3,172,567 US dollars. He donated it to the Art Gallery of Ontario. This tells us something of the very high regard that Canadians have of Lefroy, the co-founder of the Royal Canadian Institute.
1817 Born on 28th Jan
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