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Photograph: 'D. Armytage & R. Priestly at Britter Point'
1908 - (SHACKLETON, Ernest) BROCKLEHURST, Philip. “D. Armytage & R. Priestly at Britter Point” [Antarctica]: December 13, 1908. Original silver gelatin photograph (24-1/4 by 15-1/4 inches), contemporary mount, handsomely framed, entire piece measures 34 by 25 inches. $7000.Splendid large original silver gelatin photograph depicting Armytage and Priestley posing before their tent at Britter Point, taken by Philip Brocklehurst around December 13, 1908.In Heart of the Antarctic Ernest Shackleton recounts his 1907-09 “Nimrod Expedition”â€" the first to reach the Magnetic South Pole and the first to ascend the active volcano Mt. Erebus. Information gathered during this expedition substantially increased knowledge of the geology and biology of the region. To document the journey visually, the explorers took ten cameras, including one for motion pictures. Various members of the party manned the cameras, of whom James Murray and assistant geologist Sir Philip Brocklehurst were the most eager. “On this occasion [the three men] succeeded in securing a large supply of skuas’ eggs… only about a dozen were ‘good enough for eating.” This authentic photograph was among those taken to illustrate Volume II, Chapter V, “The Western Journey,” of Shackleton’s Heart of the Antarctic (London: William Heinemann, 1909), but never appeared. Very few minor scratches to surface. Fine condition, beautifully framed.
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