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Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014

The Endurance in the garb of winter

Overview

Creator: Frank Hurley (1885-1962)
Creation Date: 
Jun 1915
Materials: 
Silver bromide print
Dimensions: 
20.2 x 15.2 cm (image)
RCIN 
2580087
Acquirer: King George V, King of the United Kingdom (1865-1936)
Provenance: 
Presented to King George V, 1917
Description:

Photograph of the bow and part of the left side of Endurance, lit by flashlight in the darkness of the night.

This is probably Hurley’s best-known photograph, which he took with flashlights at -38 °F/-39 °C. It was later used on the front cover of Shackleton’s account of the expedition, South. Hurley described the scene in his autobiography:

Never did the ship look quite so beautiful as when the bright moonlight etched her in inky silhouette, or transformed her into a vessel from fairy-land.

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Category: 
Photographs