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Edward Adrian Wilson (1872-1912)

Within 13 miles of the South Pole, Amundsen's Flag  16 Jan 1912

Pencil on paper | 9.4 x 17.5 cm (image) | RCIN 929336

  • Wilson’s sledging sketches formed an essential part of the expedition record. These sketches complement the photographs taken at the South Pole. Wilson was chief of the scientific staff, and zoologist, on Terra Nova. He viewed the British defeat at the Pole with surprising calmness, writing that Amundsen had ’beaten us insofar as he has made a race of it’.

    Label on back of frame inscribed: Scott's Antarctic Expedition. Within 13 miles of the South Pole: Amundsen's flag, as sketched by E.A. Wilson, 16 Janry 1912. This sketch was given to His Majesty King George V in fulfilment of the artist's wish. July 1913. Presented to King George V Wilson’s sledging sketches formed an essential part of the expedition record. These sketches complement the photographs taken at the South Pole. Wilson was chief of the scientific staff, and zoologist, on Terra Nova. He viewed the British defeat at the Pole with surprising calmness, writing that Amundsen had ’beaten us insofar as he has made a race of it’.

    Provenance

    Presented to King George V by Oriana Wilson, July 1913
  • Medium & Techniques

    Pencil on paper

    pencil

    Dimensions

    9.4 x 17.5 cm (image)

    17.8 x 23.7 cm (frame, external)

  • References

    RL 29336

    Alternative titles

    Scotts Antarctic Expedition / within 13 miles of the south pole; Amundsen's flag...[see marks]