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Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014

The South Pole, with Amundsen's flag

Overview

Creator: Edward Adrian Wilson (1872-1912) (artist)
Creation Date: 
18 Jan 1912
Materials: 
Pencil on paper
Dimensions: 
17.4 x 9.6 cm
RCIN 
929337
Reference(s): 
RL 29337
Acquirer: King George V, King of the United Kingdom (1865-1936)
Provenance: 
Presented to King George V by Oriana Wilson, July 1913
Description:

Two sketches from the South Pole. Inscription at the top reads: "Cairn left by Norwegians S.SW from black flag camp / Jan.16th.1912", below: "Amundsen's South Pole mark. Jan. 18th 1912".

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. The South Pole, with Amundsen's flag, as sketched by E.A. Wilson, 18 January 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’.

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Category: 
Unframed Drawings / Watercolours