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Robert Falcon Scott

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Robert Falcon Scott, by Daniel Albert Wehrschmidt (Veresmith), 1905 - NPG 2079 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Robert Falcon Scott

by Daniel Albert Wehrschmidt (Veresmith)
oil on canvas, 1905
59 1/2 in. x 39 1/2 in. (1511 mm x 1003 mm)
Accepted in lieu of tax by H.M. Government and allocated to the Gallery, 2012
Primary Collection
NPG 2079

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This is the only portrait of Scott to have been painted from the life. He is presented on board the Discovery following the triumphal return of his first Antarctic expedition in 1904. He wears naval uniform on which is prominently displayed the Cross of Commander of the Victorian Order awarded him by King Edward VII. He also wears the Polar Medal, which was instituted in 1904 to honour the achievement of Scott's expedition. The picture was loaned to the Gallery in 1924 by Scott's widow, the sculptor Kathleen Scott, who described it as 'a fairly good painting, a good likeness (done from life) and a pleasing picture.'

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