James Francis [Frank] Hurley (1885-1962)
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James Francis [Frank] Hurley (1885-1962)

Photographs of Scenes and Incidents in connection with the happenings to the Weddell Sea Party 1914, 1915, 1916.

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James Francis [Frank] Hurley (1885-1962)
Photographs of Scenes and Incidents in connection with the happenings to the Weddell Sea Party 1914, 1915, 1916.
dedicated by Shackleton on the title page 'To Miss Janet Stancomb Wills who from the first moment that we came together in the inception of this Expedition has been its friend and helper even in its darkest hours of trouble and anxiety, these few pictures of our adventures are presented in grateful and affectionate regards by Ernest Shackleton May 1917.
seventy nine gelatin silver prints, each 6 x 8in. (15.3 x 20.3cm.), all window mounted on grey paper, preceded by index leaf, title page and list of the Weddell Sea Party, oblong 4°, sheet size 11¾ x 14¾in. (29.8 x 37.3cm.), mottled end papers.
Provenance
Janet Stancomb-Wills, and thence by descent to the present owners.
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Lot Essay

An important album of Hurley's photographs given to his friend and key sponsor, Janet Stancomb Wills (for whom he named one of the three boats after the Endurance sank in 1915). There were hitherto just 5 other copies recorded of this 'de-luxe' album by Hurley ('Five albums are reputed to have been made. Hurley took one in a taxi to Buckingham Palace' J.Piggott (ed.), Shackleton, The Antarctic and Endurance, Dulwich, 2000, p.129), one reportedly in the Royal Collection, two at Dulwich College, the present Stancomb-Wills and the Hussey copy (the latter Christie's, 23 Sept. 2004, lot 218). The Houlder copy which was sold at Christie's, 21 Sept. 2005, lot 383, a fine coloured and unrecorded copy, and presented to another supporter, revised the tally to 6.

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