• Travel, Science and Natural Hi auction at Christies

    Sale 2362

    Travel, Science and Natural History

    29 September 2011, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 136

    Edward Adrian Wilson (1872-1912)

    Mt. Erebus - Aug. 31. 1903.

    Price Realised  


    Edward Adrian Wilson (1872-1912)
    Mt. Erebus - Aug. 31. 1903.
    signed with initials 'E.A.W.' (lower right), inscribed as titled (lower centre), and further inscribed 'From the floe in McMurdo Strt on the way to Tortoise rock, shows the group of small columns drawn elsewhere in profile from the South, and also an unusual vent on the left from the lower edge of the tip.' (upper centre)
    pencil on paper watermarked three lions nonpareil wove
    7¾ x 10in. (19.6 x 25.4cm.)
    together with six collotypes of Wilson's Antarctic subjects (7)

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    'Mon. 31 Aug. Started about 11 on ski and went to Tortoise Rock. It was a splendid day and the sun was up the whole way till I got there. I was alone and thoroughly enjoyed it, though the surface was terrible and very tiring, not a hundred yards smooth snow all the way. There and back is about 16 miles. ... the sky was wonderful all the afternoon, a blaze of orange fire light ... Erebus' smoke was interesting to watch too today, as it was rising in a straight column for some thousands of feet, showing three separate curls from separate vents.' (from Edward Wilson's diary of the Discovery expedition, SPRI)


    Sir Peter Markham Scott (1909-1989) and thence by descent to the present owners.