Frank Hurley (1885-1962)
Sir Ernest Shackleton arriving at Elephant Island 30 August 1916
Silver bromide print | 14.7 x 20.5 cm (image) | RCIN 2580123
Sir Ernest Shackleton arriving at Elephant Island to take off the marooned men. [Photographs of scenes and incidents in connection with the happenings to the Weddell Sea Party, 1914, 1915, 1916] 30 August 1916
Photograph of fourteen of the men on Elephant Island waving from the shore as the rowing boat containing Shackleton approaches.
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.
ProvenancePresented to King George V by Sir Ernest Shackleton, 1917
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