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Scott at his desk - Cape Evans.

Stock Code 108802

Circa 1935.

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Taken on 7th October 1911, this is one of the most famous images shot by Ponting during his time in the Antarctic as part of Captain Scott's Terra Nova expedition (1910-1913). Capt. Scott sits cross-legged on the side of his bed writing in his journal at a table with his clothes and books behind him, and his leather suitcase under the bed. Scott described the hut's feeling of comfort: 'The word hut is misleading. Our residence is really a house of considerable size, in every respect the finest that has ever been erected in the polar regions; 50ft long by 25 wide and 9ft to the eaves' (Antarctic Heritage Trust).

The Terra Nova expedition was supposed to be the high-water mark of the Golden Age of Antarctic exploration; led by Captain Robert Falcon Scott, the expedition was to have been the first to reach the South Pole, marking the event with the planting of the Union Jack flag. However the more professionally equipped Norwegian expedition led by Roald Amundsen got there first. Nevertheless Scott's expedition will always be the one best remembered on account of the tremendous courage and bravery shown by Scott and his companions, Wilson, Bowers, Oates, and Evans on their return from the Pole in appalling conditions - perhaps best exemplified by Lawrence 'Titus' Oates who walked from the tent into a blizzard whilst suffering from frostbite and gangrene, knowing that he was not going to survive the journey but hoping that his self-sacrifice might help the others survive.

The photographs were originally published by the Fine Art Society in 1914 in larger format using a different process. It is difficult to date images such as ours, printed at a later date from the original negatives, however based on external evidence from previous examples we date the present image to circa 1935.

Silver gelatin print, mounted, framed and glazed, captioned below image on mount. Image size: 390 x 275 mm; framed: 465 x 345 mm.


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Scott at his desk - Cape Evans.

PONTING, Herbert G.

Stock code: 108802



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