Captain Oates

October-November 1911

Herbert Ponting

Presented to King George V, 1914


Captain Lawrence ’Titus’ Oates (1880-1912) had served in the army before joining Scott’s expedition. He accompanied Scott to the Pole, but on the return journey he was badly affected by frostbite and delayed his companions. Aware of the danger they were facing because of him, Oates stepped out of the tent into a blizzard with the words, ’I am just going outside and may be some time’. His body was never found.

Toned silver bromide print

45.6 x 33.4 cm

RCIN 2580035