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    Sale 14139

    Out of the Ordinary

    14 September 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 509

    CAPTAIN LAWRENCE EDWARD GRACE "TITUS" OATES (1880-1912)
    A CIRCULAR CANVAS BOER WAR CAMPAIGN BATH

    CIRCA 1897

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    CAPTAIN LAWRENCE EDWARD GRACE "TITUS" OATES (1880-1912)
    A CIRCULAR CANVAS BOER WAR CAMPAIGN BATH
    CIRCA 1897
    With rope rim and wooden inserts for support, painted with the initials 'L.E.G.O' to one side panel
    9 ½ in. (24 cm.) high; 24 in. (61 cm.) diameter


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    This bath recalls Oates' army service overseas prior to him taking part in Scott's ill-fated expedition. The story of Oates' death is the best known in the annals of polar exploration. Captain Scott documents this in his sledging journal, ''He was a brave soul. This was the end. He slept through the night before last, hoping not to wake; but he woke this morning = yesterday. It was blowing a blizzard. He said, "I am just going outside and may be some time." He went out into the blizzard and we have not seen him since.' Captain Oates' body was never found.

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    Provenance

    Lawrence Oates.
    Christie's, London, 17 September 1998, lot 204.


    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from the Collection of David Gainsborough Roberts