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Lawrence Oates (1880-1912), Antarctic explorer

Lawrence Edward Grace Oates

Sitter associated with 4 portraits
Antarctic explorer; member of Scott's expedition which reached the South Pole in 1912; on the return, Oates walked to his death in a blizzard to try to save his companions. Nicknamed 'the soldier' and called by Scott 'the cheery old pessimist', he was devoted to animals.

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Lawrence Oates ('Captain Oates and Siberian Ponies aboard the Terra Nova')

by Herbert George Ponting
toned bromide print, 1910
NPG P1973


Cecil Henry Meares; Lawrence Oates

by Herbert George Ponting
carbon print, 26 May 1911
NPG P121


Captain Scott's Birthday Dinner, 6 June 1911

by Herbert George Ponting
carbon print, 6 June 1911
NPG P1100


Lawrence Edward Grace Oates; Henry Robertson ('Birdie') Bowers; Robert Falcon Scott; Edward Adrian Wilson; Edgar Evans

by Unknown photographer
vintage print, 17 January 1912
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x135720