The Shore Party

January 1911

Herbert Ponting

Presented to King George V, 1914


This group is the Shore Party - the men who remained in Antarctica throughout the winter of 1911, preparing for Scott’s final departure for the Pole. They pose in front of the expedition hut at Cape Evans. The only people not visible are Clissold, the cook, and Ponting, the photographer. Scott is at the centre of the group and all the men look relaxed. This was taken at the very beginning of the expedition, when they would have been optimistic and excited about the future.

Silver bromide print

43.6 x 61.9 cm

RCIN 2580014