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

The exhausted party on the beach at Cape Valentine, Elephant Island


Frank Hurley

Presented to King George V


This was the men’s first experience of dry land in nearly 500 days, after an exhausting six-day boat journey. Shackleton recorded the near-hysterical reactions of the men: 'They were laughing uproariously, picking up stones and letting handfuls of pebbles trickle through their fingers like misers gloating over hoarded gold.'

Silver bromide print

12.3 x 20.7 cm

RCIN 2580107