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Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014

Skinning penguins on Elephant Island

Overview

Creator: Frank Hurley (1885-1962)
Creation Date: 
April-August 1916
Materials: 
Silver bromide print
Dimensions: 
8.8 x 20.2 cm
RCIN 
2580117
Provenance: 
Presented to King George V by Sir Ernest Shackleton, 1917
Description:

The food supplies remaining from 'Endurance' were dangerously low, and the men’s chances of rescue extremely uncertain. The chief food source was the surrounding wildlife, but a diet rich in seal and penguin meat soon palled, and the men pined for carbohydrates. Food became the chief topic of conversation, with inspiration usually derived from a penny cookbook.

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