Farthest South

1902

Edward Wilson

Presented to King Edward VII

 

Wilson painted this images from field sketches made during the Discovery expedition (1901-1904). It was presented to Edward VII by Wilson on 18 December 1905, on the same day that the King presented Wilson with his Polar Medal for services to the Expedition. Scott, Wilson and Shackleton (the Third Officer on Discovery) reached Farthest South on 30 December 1902. On the return march, Shackleton’s health failed and by the time the party reached shore, Shackleton was so ill that Scott sent him home. Shackleton saw this as a personal failure and it spurred him on in his subsequent expeditions


Watercolour on paper

18.3 x 34.6 cm (sight)

Label on back of frame inscribed: Farthest South / December 30th. 1902. 82 degrees 17' / south latitude.

RCIN 452347