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Robert Falcon Scott

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Robert Falcon Scott, by Herbert George Ponting, 7 October 1911 - NPG P23 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Robert Falcon Scott

by Herbert George Ponting
carbon print, 7 October 1911
14 in. x 18 in. (356 mm x 457 mm)
Purchased, 1976
Primary Collection
NPG P23


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  • Herbert George Ponting (1870-1935), Photographer; antarctic explorer. Artist of 10 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.

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This photograph by Herbert Ponting, the official photographer to the Antarctic expedition led by Robert Falcon Scott, shows Scott in his hut at work on his famous journal. Scott had set sail in the Terra Nova in June 1911, and established his expedition's winter quarters at Cape Evans. Three weeks after this photograph was taken, the expedition set out on their southern sledge journey. On 16 January 1912 they arrived at the South Pole to find the Norwegian Amundsen's flag already there. On the return journey from the Pole, Scott and his companions perished, among them the legendary Captain Oates. The last entry in Scott's journal reads: 'We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker, of course, and the end cannot be far. It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write any more'.

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  • Rogers, Malcolm, Camera Portraits, 1989 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 20 October 1989 - 21 January 1990), p. 167
  • Saumarez Smith, Charles, The National Portrait Gallery: An Illustrated Guide, 2000, p. 179
  • Saumarez Smith, Charles, The National Portrait Gallery, 1997, p. 178
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 552

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