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The Pallid Glow of a Midwinter Noon at Cape Denison' [Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 1911-1914]

(17 x 23 inches). Image size (including text): 17 x 23.

Provenance: Sir Douglas Mawson (with the Mawson Estate stamp on the verso); by descent.

An enlarged photograph taken during Dr. Mawson's Australasian Antarctic Expedition.

A large blue-toned carbon print of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, on its original thick cardboard mount.The original printed label from the Fine Art Society, New Bond Street, London (1915), reads: 'This photograph is enlarged from a negative taken during Dr. Mawson's Australasian Antarctic Expedition ...'. The title and catalogue number (98) are manuscript insertions. The Australasian Antarctic Expedition was an 1911-1914 expedition headed by Douglas Mawson that explored the largely uncharted Antarctic coast due south of Australia. The expedition's sledging parties covered around 2,600 mi of unexplored territory, while its ship, SY Aurora, navigated 1,800 mi of unmapped coastline. Scientific activities included meteorological measurements, magnetic observations, an expansive oceanographic program, and the collection of many biological and geological samples, including the discovery of the first meteorite found in Antarctica. The expedition was the first to establish and maintain wireless contact between Antarctica and Australia. Mawson was eventually persuaded to engage photographer Frank Hurley, who had offered his services for free as soon as he had heard Mawson was recruiting. Hurley summed up the character of the expedition: "Shackleton grafted science on to exploration--Mawson added exploring to science". This historic photograph is in excellent condition, and the print quality is superb.

Item #39003

Price: $16,500.00

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