Frank Hurley (1885-1962)
The party excavating an ice shelter April 1916
Silver bromide print | 13.2 x 20.7 cm (image) | RCIN 2580112
The Elephant Island party excavating an ice shelter in the glaicer. [Photographs of scenes and incidents in connection with the happenings to the Weddell Sea Party, 1914, 1915, 1916] April 1916
Photograph showing five men (including one standing to the right hand side) digging into the ice.
While they waited for rescue, Shackleton’s men required better shelter than their ruined tents could provide. They first tried to dig caves in the ice of a neighbouring glacier, but the temperature was too high to prevent the cave walls from melting and the idea was abandoned.
ProvenancePresented to King George V by Sir Ernest Shackleton, 1917
Frank Hurley (1885-1962) (photographer)
Medium & Techniques
Silver bromide print
13.2 x 20.7 cm (image)
29.2 x 37.7 cm (page dimensions)