Captain Oates and Siberian ponies on board Terra Nova


Herbert Ponting

Presented to King George V, 1914


Lawrence Oates (1880-1912) - who was to be a member of Scott’s Polar Party - was included in the expedition on the strength of his experience with horses. Unfortunately he was not involved in the selection of the animals, and described those that were chosen as ’a load of crocks’. The ponies hauled the supplies during the early stages of the expedition, but they were ill-suited to the extreme Antarctic conditions.

Carbon print

44.4 x 59 cm

RCIN 2580003