Portrait of the Day: Robert Falcon Scott

Past event archive
20 July 2014, 12:00

Room 23


  • Gallery Talk

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

Robert Falcon Scott
by Daniel Albert Wehrschmidt (Veresmith)
NPG 2079

Also known as Scott of the Antarctic, Scott actually only took up the position on Discovery as a way of more quickly gaining promotion. However, the success of this first Antarctic expedition confirmed his fame and status as a polar explorer in his own lifetime. Following this initial success, Scott quickly sought support to return to the South Pole on the Terra Nova expedition. This expedition was fraught with difficulties from the start and culminated in Scott being first beaten to the pole by Amundsen before succumbing to death after running out of supplies on the return journey. Diary entries written by Scott himself, tell of his party’s final days. Talk led by Samantha Tetheridge.

Programme subject to change