Cecil Henry Meares; Lawrence Oates

1 portrait of Lawrence Oates

Cecil Henry Meares; Lawrence Oates, by Herbert George Ponting, 26 May 1911 - NPG P121 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Cecil Henry Meares; Lawrence Oates

by Herbert George Ponting
carbon print, 26 May 1911
18 in. x 13 1/2 in. (457 mm x 343 mm)
Purchased, 1979
Primary Collection
NPG P121


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  • Herbert George Ponting (1870-1935), Photographer; antarctic explorer. Artist of 11 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.

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Two of Captain Scott's companions on his last Antarctic expedition. Oates, nicknamed 'the soldier' and called by Scott 'the cheery old pessimist', was devoted to animals. Meares, a linguist, was taken on as an interpreter of Russian, and was also in charge of the dogs. The photograph shows them (Oates on the right) at the blubber-stove in the stable at the winter quarters at Cape Evans, where they were constantly seen cooking bran-mash for the ponies. Ponting was commissioned to film and photograph Scott's expedition. His experience is recorded in his book The Great White South (1921).

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