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.)
Archive of Admiral Peary.
Gifted to the National Geographic Society by Mrs. Peary.
National Geographic magazine, October 1954, p. 520; National Geographic magazine, October 1963, p. 528; National Geographic Image Collection, National Geographic Society, 2009, p. 43.
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.