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Herbert G. Ponting
Captain Scott, R.N. CVO
Silver Bromide print
43.7 x 61.0 cm (image)
The Royal Collection
Photograph of Captain Robert Falcon Scott (1868-1912), standing in front of the Erebus volcano, taken before initial depot-laying journey to the Great Barrier.
Robert Falcon Scott set out in 1910 aboard the Terra Nova for Antarctica, with the express desire to lead the first team to the South Pole. This portrait was taken at the beginning of the expedition, when Scott was confident of achieving his aim, although he already knew that Roald Amundsen was leading a Norwegian team with the same goal. Scott’s final expedition for the Pole departed from Cape Evans in November 1911.
Presented to King George V, 1914