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Edward Adrian Wilson (1872-1912)

The South Pole, with Amundsen's flag  18 Jan 1912

Pencil on paper | 17.4 x 9.6 cm (image) | RCIN 929337

  • 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’.

    Provenance

    Presented to King George V by Oriana Wilson, July 1913
  • Creator(s)

    Edward Adrian Wilson (1872-1912) (artist) [Member of the British Antarctic Expedition of 1910-13]

    Acquirer(s)

    King George V, King of the United Kingdom (1865-1936)

  • Medium & Techniques

    Pencil on paper

    pencil

    Dimensions

    17.4 x 9.6 cm (image)

    27.8 x 15.3 cm (frame, external)

  • References

    RL 29337

    Alternative titles

    Scotts Antarctic Expedition / th South Pole, with Amundsen's flag... [see marks].