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Herbert George Ponting (1871-1935)

The Terra Nova in McMurdo Sound

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Herbert George Ponting (1871-1935)
The Terra Nova in McMurdo Sound
stamped 'H.G. Ponting' (lower right)
blue toned carbon print
23 x 29in. (58.4 x 73.7cm.)
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VAT rate of 5% is payable on hammer price plus buyer's premium

Lot Essay

The photograph, from Ponting's 7 x 5 inch glass plate negative (no.109. Beautiful broken ice, reflections and Terra Nova) was taken on 7 January 1911.

Alternatively titled 'The Death of an Iceberg' by Ponting: 'During those midnight days, when others slept and only the watch and I were awake, some of my most memorable Antarctic experiences befell me. It was in those 'night' hours ... that I secured some of my best Polar studies. One of these was 'The Death of an Iceberg' -- which represents a berg in the last stage of decay, from the action of the sun and currents.' (H.G. Ponting, The Great White South, London: 1924, p.69.)

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