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

Sir Ernest Shackleton (1874-1922) arriving at Elephant Island to take off the marooned men


Frank Hurley

Presented to King George V


Despite its title, this photograph in fact depicts the departure of the James Caird for South Georgia, 24 April 1916. Hurley did not photograph the actual moment of rescue but renamed this image in order to complete the narrative and to show the return of Shackleton on the relief ship Yelcho, four months later.

Silver bromide print

14.7 x 20.5 cm