Frank Hurley (1885-1962)
Skinning penguins on Elephant Island April-August 1916
Silver bromide print | 8.8 x 20.2 cm (image) | RCIN 2580117
Skinning penguins : the staple diet of the party during their stay on Elephant Island. [Photographs of scenes and incidents in connection with the happenings to the Weddell Sea Party, 1914, 1915, 1916 April-August 1916
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.
ProvenancePresented to King George V by Sir Ernest Shackleton, 1917
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