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

The Elephant Island party excavating an ice shelter in the glacier


Frank Hurley

Presented to King George V


While they waited for rescue, Shackleton’s men required better shelter than their ruined tents could provide. They first tried to dig caves in the ice of a neighbouring glacier, but the temperature was too high to prevent the cave walls from melting and the idea was abandoned.

Silver bromide print

13.2 x 20.5 cm

RCIN 2580112