Carbon Print mounted on card: (335 X 455 mm). Recently removed from an old frame and showing the signs of this on the back. Original Fine Art Society label on the back titled “Capt. Scott” and “No. 141”. Also a duplicate of the same label that was removed from the original backing paper. A few light abrasions on the edges which were under the frame edge. A couple of small smudges towards the outer edges, otherwise in very nice, attractive condition. A wonderful example of Ponting’s photographic talent, this iconic image shows Scott dressed in light winter dress with a balaclava on and holding a ski pole in his right hand. The image does not appear in Ponting’s classic book The Great White South, but does show up with a variant of the image on p. 486 of Volume I of Scott’s Last Expedition. The image was chosen as the cover image for the exhibition catalogue “With Captain Scott in the Antarctic”.The image seems scarce in the market place and we can not find an example having sold at auction in the last 10 years. This format and size seems to be one of the largest sizes Ponting used for his prints.
Author Ponting, Herbert