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Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014

Captain Scott writing his diary


Creator: Herbert George Ponting (1870-1935) (photographer)
Creation Date: 
7 Oct 1911
Materials and techniques: 
Toned silver bromide print
44.4 x 60.2 cm (image)
Acquirer: King George V, King of the United Kingdom (1865-1936)
Presented to King George V, 1914

Photograph of Captain Robert Falcon Scott (1868-1912) sitting at his desk inside the purpose built hut with book shelves on the wall behind and to the left of Scott.

Scott is sitting in his corner of the hut at Cape Evans, surrounded by his personal belongings. He is writing his diary, something that he did throughout the expedition, including during the final trek to and from the South Pole. Scott had brought with him several photographs, visible to his left, of his wife Kathleen. Some include their young son Peter (1909-89), who was to win fame as a wildlife artist and conservationist.

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