A Cavern beneath the Coastal Ice Cliffs.
HURLEY Frank ([1911-14].)
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Blue-carbon print. 585 by 440mm. Mounted on board with the original Fine Art Society label on the verso, titled in manuscript and numbered "95". A very fine copy with deep tones, minor areas of retouching done at time of printing. London, Fine Art Society,
From the collection of expedition leader, Douglas Mawson.
An iconic composition of surgeon Leslie Whetter on the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 1911-1914. This photograph is reproduced in Mawson’s official account Home of the Blizzard, 1915, with the caption “on the frozen sea in a cavern eaten out by the waves under the coastal ice-cliffs.” Mawson and Whetter had a tense relationship on the expedition. In his diary Mawson complains of his laziness saying “Whetter is not fit for a polar expedition... Of late he complains of overwork, and only does an honest 2 hours per day” (Riffenburgh. Racing With Death).
Original Hurley prints are increasingly scarce on the market, especially in fine condition and with such distinguished provenance.
Stock Code: 228491