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

The Yelcho sighted


Frank Hurley

Presented to King George V


Hurley altered the original negative of this image to create a more dramatic scene. The relief ship Yelcho was originally photographed nearer the shore; Hurley has erased it and painted in another vessel further away on the horizon. The smoke from the beacon on the hillside was also added by hand to emphasise the men’s desperation.

Silver bromide print

15.8 x 20.5 cm

RCIN 2580122