• Travel, Science & Natural Hist auction at Christies

    Sale 5809

    Travel, Science & Natural History

    15 October 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 192

    Frank Hurley (1885-1962)

    The Endurance at night, August 1915

    Price Realised  

    Frank Hurley (1885-1962)
    The Endurance at night, August 1915
    carbon print
    15½ x 19¼in. (39.3 x 49cm.)


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    August 27, 1915: 'During night take flashlight of ship beset by pressure. This necessitated some 20 flashes, one behind each salient pressure hummock, no less than 10 of the flashes being required to satisfactorily illuminate the ship herself. Half blinded after the successive flashes, I lost my bearings amidst hummocks, bumping shins against projecting ice points & stumbling into deep snow drifts' (Hurley, diary).

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