The Heart of the Great Alone: Scott, Shackleton and Antarctic Photography

The bi-weekly ablutions of the 'Ritz', undertaken by Wordie (1889-1962), Cheetham (1867-1918) and Macklin (1889-1967)


Frank Hurley

Presented to King George V


Following the onset of winter and the transformation of Endurance into a scientific station, the main cargo hold was emptied and turned into a communal living space for the men, nicknamed the ’Ritz’. The traditional Antarctic Christmas on Midwinter’s Day (22 June) saw the ’Ritz’ transformed for a cabaret, featuring satirical speeches, songs, poems and even a drag act. From left to right are Wordie (1889-1962), Cheetham (1867-1918) and Macklin (1889-1967).

Silver bromide print

15.4 x 20.3 cm