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

Skinning penguins, the staple diet of the party during their stay on Elephant Island


Frank Hurley

Presented to King George V


The food supplies remaining from Endurance were dangerously low, and the men’s chances of rescue extremely uncertain. The chief food source was the surrounding wildlife, but a diet rich in seal and penguin meat soon palled, and the men pined for carbohydrates. Food became the chief topic of conversation, with inspiration usually derived from a penny cookbook.

Silver bromide print

8.8 x 20.2 cm

RCIN 2580117