Frank Hurley (1885-1962)
The bi-weekly ablutions of the 'Ritz' 1915
Silver bromide print | 15.4 x 20.3 cm (image) (image) | RCIN 2580086
Photograph of (from left to right) James Wordie (1889-1962), Alfred Cheetham (1867-1918) and Alexander Macklin (1889-1967) scrubbing the patterned floor of the between decks quarters of "Endurance".
Following the onset of winter and the transformation of Endurance into a scientific station, the main cargo hold was emptied and turned into a communal living space for the men, nicknamed the ’Ritz’. The traditional Antarctic Christmas on Midwinter’s Day (22 June) saw the ’Ritz’ transformed for a cabaret, featuring satirical speeches, songs, poems and even a drag act.
ProvenancePresented to King George V, 1917
- People involved
Medium & Techniques
Silver bromide print
15.4 x 20.3 cm (image) (image)
29.2 x 37.7 cm (page dimensions)