Robert Falcon Scott
Robert Falcon Scott
by Herbert George Ponting
carbon print, 7 October 1911
14 in. x 18 in. (356 mm x 457 mm)
Artistback to top
- Herbert George Ponting (1870-1935), Photographer and antarctic explorer. Artist of 12 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
This portraitback to top
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'.
Linked publicationsback to top
- National Portrait Gallery: 100 Portraits, p. 94
- 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
- Various contributors, National Portrait Gallery: A Portrait of Britain, 2014, pp. 182 - 183
Placesback to top
- Place made and portrayed: Antarctica (sitter's workshop, on the 'Terra Nova', Antarctica)
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Events of 1911back to top
Current affairsAsquith's Liberal government introduces the Parliament Act to curb the powers of the House of Lords following the clash between the Commons and Lords over the 1909 People's Budget. The Act removed the Lords' power to veto bills, reduced the length of Parliament from seven to five years, and provided for the payment of MPs.
Art and scienceErnest Rutherford discovers the structure of the atom. The New Zealand born physicist working in Manchester showed with his Nuclear Model that electrons orbited a nucleus composed of protons and neutrons. The discovery paved the way for nuclear physics.
InternationalThe Polish Chemist, Marie Curie, becomes the first woman to win the Nobel Prize for her discovery in 1898 of the radioactive element, Radon.
The Mona Lisa is stolen from the Louvre. The masterpiece was missing for two years, during which time suspicion fell on avant-garde poet Guillaume Apollinaire and his friend Pablo Picasso, before Vincenzo Peruggia, an employee of the Louvre, was arrested in Florence.