• Travel, Science & Natural Hist auction at Christies

    Sale 5809

    Travel, Science & Natural History

    15 October 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 197

    Frank Hurley (1885-1962)

    'A Radiant Turret Lit by the Midsummer Midnight Sun' (Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 1911-1914)

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    Frank Hurley (1885-1962)
    'A Radiant Turret Lit by the Midsummer Midnight Sun' (Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 1911-1914)
    with inscription as titled and with number '36' on the Fine Art Society label on the reverse
    blue-toned carbon print
    unframed
    20 x 25in. (50.6 x 64cm.)


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    Hurley accompanied Sir Douglas Mawson as official photographer on his Australasian Antarctic Expedition of 1911-14. He was aboard the Aurora on her way to rescue some of Mawson's men from Knox Land in the Antarctic, when they came upon 'Thousands of mighty bergs ... grounded on a vast shoal and our way lay through their midst. No grander sight have I ever witnessed among the wonders of Antarctica.' (F. Hurley, Argonauts of the South, [New York], 1925, p.103)

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    Provenance

    Ken Crane, James Place Cameras, Adelaide.