• The National Geographic Collec auction at Christies

    Sale 2603

    The National Geographic Collection: The Art of Exploration

    6 December 2012, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 153

    ROBERT PEARY (1856-1920)

    Self-Portrait, Cape Sheridan, Canada, 1909

    Price Realised  

    ROBERT PEARY (1856-1920)
    Self-Portrait, Cape Sheridan, Canada, 1909
    gelatin silver print
    printing notations in pencil (on the mount); various annotations, publication dates in pencil/ink and various labels affixed (on the reverse of the mount)
    image: 10 x 8in. (25.9 x 20.8cm.)
    mount: 14 1/8 x 9½in. (35.9 x 25.2cm.)


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    This photograph of Robert Peary was taken aboard the expedition ship Roosevelt at Cape Sheridan soon after his return from the Pole in April 1909. The explorer's hooded sheepskin jacket is trimmed with white foxtails, and only the fatigue and nervous tension show in the face of the man who had just found the North Pole.

    Provenance

    Archive of Admiral Peary.
    Gifted to the National Geographic Society by Mrs. Peary.


    Literature

    National Geographic magazine, October 1954, p. 520;
    National Geographic magazine, October 1963, p. 528;
    National Geographic Image Collection, National Geographic Society, 2009, p. 43.