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Robert Falcon Scott (1868-1912), Antarctic explorer

Sitter in 12 portraits
Robert Falcon Scott was born in Plymouth and began his naval career aged thirteen. From 1901 to 1904 he led the first National Antarctic Expedition on board the Discovery. The expedition reached further south than any previous attempt and Scott became a national hero. His second expedition on board the Terra Nova reached the Antarctic in January 1911 and set out for the pole the following November. Scott's team reached the South Pole in January 1912 only to find that the Norwegian explorer, Raoul Amundsen had beaten him there. They encountered extreme weather conditions on their return and perished.

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Robert Falcon Scott

by Daniel Albert Wehrschmidt (Veresmith)
oil on canvas, 1905
NPG 2079


Robert Falcon Scott

by C. Percival Small
oil on canvas, based on photographs of 1910
NPG 1726


Robert Falcon Scott

by Herbert George Ponting
carbon print, 7 October 1911


Captain Scott's Birthday Dinner, 6 June 1911

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


Robert Falcon Scott

by John Thomson & John Newlands (Messrs Thomson), published by The Regal Publishing Co
sepia photogravure, circa 1905
NPG x12891


Robert Falcon Scott

by Maull & Fox
sepia photogravure on mount, circa 1905
NPG x12892


Robert Falcon Scott

by C. Percival Small
sepia-matte print, 1910
NPG x22554


Robert Falcon Scott

by C. Percival Small
sepia-matte print, 1910
NPG x22555


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


Robert Falcon Scott

by James Charles Dinham, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
postcard print, published circa 1912
NPG x197643


'The South Polar Expedition: Captain Scott and his Exploration Ship "Terra Nova"'

published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd, after James Charles Dinham
postcard print, published circa 1912
NPG x197644


'In Memory of the Antartic Heroes'

published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd, after James Charles Dinham
postcard print, published circa 1912
NPG x197645

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