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Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014

The ramparts of Mount Erebus

Overview

Creator: Herbert George Ponting (1870-1935) (photographer)
Creation Date: 
Jul-Aug 1911
Materials: 
Carbon print
Dimensions: 
72.2 x 58.9 cm (image)
RCIN 
2580027
Acquirer: King George V, King of the United Kingdom (1865-1936)
Provenance: 
Presented to King George V, 1914
Description:

Photograph of a cliff of Barne Glacier in the foreground, with the volcano, Mount Erebus behind.

Mount Erebus, an active volcano on Ross Island which last erupted in 2008, was first climbed in 1908 by members of Shackleton’s Nimrod expedition. This photograph is one of Ponting’s most dramatic images. He has contrasted the overwhelming size of the natural world against the tiny human figure pulling a sledge, in the lower left corner of the photograph.

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Photographs