17 September 1998
BRITISH ARCTIC EXPEDITION 1875-1876
After J.F. WEEDON. Sailors. A sledge party of Arctic explorers planting the British flag at the nearest discovered point to the North Pole... Temperence Pictorial Diagrams, No.10. London: printed by A. Matthey (of Graz, Austria) for the United Kingdom Band of Hope Union, [1876 or later]. Chromolithograph by Matthey after Weedon (image: 7.8 x 10.8cm). (Some small tears and light soiling to margins.) Framed and glazed.
A dramatically posed poster whose primary aim was to extol the virtues of not drinking alcohol, the legend continues: "In this expedition... it was found that the total abstainers enjoyed complete freedom from scurvy and other sickness, and did by far the heaviest work, one of them, Adam Ayles, being the Champion Sledger." Almost incidentally the poster provides a record of the sledging party led by Commander (later Sir) Albert Hastings Markham (1841-1918) and Lieutenant Parr, which on 12th May 1876 reached 83° 20' 26" North.
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The catalogue should state image size as: 86.5 x 111.5cm.
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