Osman, 'our best sledge dog'


Herbert Ponting

Presented to King George V, 1914


Osman, like most of Scott’s sledging dogs, survived the expedition. Unlike his rival Amundsen, Scott did not use dogs on the final trek to the South Pole but instead relied on manpower to haul the heavy sledges. Osman was later taken by the dog handler Dimitri Gerof to New Zealand, where he lived out a happy retirement.

Toned silver bromide print

38 x 27.5 cm

RCIN 2580028