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Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton

(1874-1922), Antarctic explorer

Sitter in 17 portraits
Polar explorer. Born at Kilkee, Ireland, Shackleton was a junior officer on Discovery on the National Antarctic Expedition under Captain Scott in 1901. His own expedition in Nimrod (1907-9) succeeded in reaching the South Magnetic Pole and scaling Mount Erebus. In 1914 he commanded the Trans-Antarctic Expedition in Endurance. When the ship was crushed by ice, using sledges and boats he guided its company 200 miles to safety. He and five companions then sailed a further 800 miles in a small boat to the island of South Georgia to find rescue. He died in South Georgia.

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Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton, by Reginald Grenville Eves - NPG 2608

Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton

by Reginald Grenville Eves
oil on canvas, 1921
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 2608

Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton, by Unknown photographer - NPG x36033

Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton

by Unknown photographer
vintage print, 1900s
NPG x36033

Sir Edwin Pears; Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton, by Sir (John) Benjamin Stone - NPG x44958

Sir Edwin Pears; Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton

by Sir (John) Benjamin Stone
platinum print, 29 June 1909
NPG x44958

'Luncheon Party at the House of Commons', by Roland Parker Stone, for  Sir (John) Benjamin Stone - NPG x135574

'Luncheon Party at the House of Commons'

by Roland Parker Stone, for Sir (John) Benjamin Stone
platinum print, 29 June 1909
NPG x135574

'Sir Benjamin Stone's Luncheon Party at the House of Commons', by Sir (John) Benjamin Stone - NPG x135575

'Sir Benjamin Stone's Luncheon Party at the House of Commons'

by Sir (John) Benjamin Stone
platinum print, 29 June 1909
NPG x135575

Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton, by (Mary) Olive Edis (Mrs Galsworthy), and  Katharine Legat (née Edis) - NPG x13255

Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton

by (Mary) Olive Edis (Mrs Galsworthy), and Katharine Legat (née Edis)
sepia-toned platinum print on photographer's card mount, August 1910
NPG x13255

Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton, published by E.A. Farnol - NPG x17027

Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton

published by E.A. Farnol
postcard print, 1910s
NPG x17027

Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton, by Charles Robert Watson - NPG x36025

Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton

by Charles Robert Watson
bromide print, 1910s
NPG x36025

Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton, by (Mary) Olive Edis (Mrs Galsworthy), and  Katharine Legat (née Edis) - NPG x87576

Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton

by (Mary) Olive Edis (Mrs Galsworthy), and Katharine Legat (née Edis)
platinum print on photographer's card mount, August 1910
NPG x87576

Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton, by Alexander ('Alick') Penrose Forbes Ritchie - NPG D18064

Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton

by Alexander ('Alick') Penrose Forbes Ritchie
chromolithograph, 1907 or after
NPG D18064

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Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton

by George Charles Beresford
dry-plate glass negative, 1909
NPG x6585

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Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton and others on board the Quest

by Unknown photographer
bromide print, circa 1921
NPG x196193

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Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton and others on board the Quest

by Unknown photographer
bromide print, circa 1921
NPG x196192

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Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton ('Men of the Day. No. 1192. "The South Pole."')

by 'KITE'
chromolithograph, published in Vanity Fair 6 October 1909
NPG D45510

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