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Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014

Osman, 'our best sledge dog'

Overview

Creator: Herbert George Ponting (1870-1935) (photographer)
Creation Date: 
1911
Materials: 
Toned silver bromide print
Dimensions: 
38 x 27.5 cm (image)
RCIN 
2580028
Acquirer: King George V, King of the United Kingdom (1865-1936)
Provenance: 
Presented to King George V, 1914
Description:

Photograph of Osman, facing three-quarters left.

Osman, like most of Scott’s sledging dogs, survived the expedition. Unlike his rival Amundsen, Scott did not use dogs on the final trek to the South Pole but instead relied on manpower to haul the heavy sledges. Osman was later taken by the dog handler Dimitri Gerof to New Zealand, where he lived out a happy retirement.

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