Petty Officer Evans and Snatcher the pony

October 1911

Herbert Ponting

Presented to King George V


Introducing ponies to Antarctica brought all sorts of difficulties. Snow blindness was a problem, and the ponies also found it very difficult to walk through the snow without sinking in it up to their bellies. Petty Officer Evans (1876–1912) began trialling snowshoes on his pony Snatcher, but both the shoe and its method of attachment proved to be problematic. This photograph was not part of Ponting’s Royal Presentation Album, but was acquired framed from the Fine Art Society.

Toned silver bromide print

33.6 x 45.4 cm

RCIN 501038