Estimate: £6,000 - £8,000
Sold For: £5,400
A collection of 131 gelatin silver print contact prints, of Antarctica, 1910-1912,
printed later, pencil numbers to versos (in the range A3 to A195), images 9 x 12.5cm or the reverse
A significant selection of photographs from the 2,000 photographs taken by Ponting during Captain Robert Scott's Terra Nova Expedition 1910-1913. The collection includes well-known images published in newspapers and magazines all over the world and in Ponting's book on the expedition, The Great White South. The images, spanning Ponting's time with the expedition from late 1910 to early 1912 include several groups of images of historic interest: images (including two showing Scott (from December 1910, when the Terra Nova was trapped in ice before reaching Antarctica); photographs showing Edward Wilson recording the return of the sun in August 1911 and others of scientists working; photographs of the members of the 'Southern Party' immediately before their departure, including Edward Wilson, Henry 'Birdie' Bowers and Edgar Evans of the final South Pole party; a large number of pictures of Adelie penguins, including the 'Glad Eye' penguin (which Ponting later used for advertising and as a mascot) and several of Ponting amongst the penguins; sledge dogs, of which Ponting's friend Cecil Meares was in charge; a selection of scenery, wildlife and other images, including of 'killer' whales and Emperor penguins.