ALEXANDER HEPBURNE MACKLIN (1889-1967)
The Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1914-1917: three menus, two reception programmes, an invitation from the Compania de Bomberos de Punta Arenas to attend a reception in Puta Arenas, 12 September 1916; a menu for a banquet to be held by the Club Magellanes for Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton and the Endurance crew; a printed place setting showing the Endurance held in the ice, the Yelcho and Shackleton, signed by Hussey, Shackleton, Wordie, McIlroy, Greenstreet, Clark, Rickinson, Wild, Kerr and their hosts; a menu for a dinner held in their train at midnight at Los Andes, 4 October 1916, with a rough pencil sketch showing the drift of the Endurance in the Weddell Sea on the reverse; a printed programme for the reception of Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton and the members of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition held by the British Society in the Argentine Republic (Buenos Aires Branch), 4 October 1916; a printed programme for Shackleton's reception at Prince George's Hall, 5 October 1916 organised by the Argentine Society of Natural Sciences, with Macklin's notes on the speeches on the reverse; a printed 4-page menu 'HOMENAJE AL EXPLORADOR SHACKLETON Y SUS COMPANEROS DEL "ENDURANCE"', Parque Hotel, Montevideo, 6 October 1916 signed by Macklin, Clark, McIlroy and their hosts, the officers of the relief ship Instituto de Pesca; with five photographs of Shackleton's reception at Punta Arenas.
Alexander Hepburne Macklin (1889-1967), and thence by descent to the present owners.
Macklin's journal records the triumphant progress of Shackleton and his men from their arrival of the Yelcho in Punta Arenas on Sunday 3 September. After two weeks in Punta Arenas they sailed on the Yelcho to Valparaiso on 18 September, and from there they travelled to Santiago and across the Andes to Buenos Aires and Montevideo. Shackleton and Worsley left Buenos Aires for Valparaiso on 8 October bound for Hobart to relieve the Ross Sea Party. Macklin sailed for England on 10 October.
The present lot recalls the festivities which greeted the expedition on its trail through South America, which were devised by Shackleton in part as a means to campaign for the British cause in Chile, and partly to celebrate their survival and to thank parties who helped with the various relief voyages. The menus offered a surfeit of extravagant fare after a year of penguin, seal and biscuit. (12)