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Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014

The bi-weekly ablutions of the 'Ritz'

Overview

Creator: Frank Hurley (1885-1962)
Creation Date: 
1915
Materials: 
Silver bromide print
Dimensions: 
15.4 x 20.3 cm (image)
RCIN 
2580086
Acquirer: King George V, King of the United Kingdom (1865-1936)
Provenance: 
Presented to King George V, 1917
Description:

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.

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