British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1904
S.S. Morning. - [J.D. MORRISON and others (photographers)]. An album containing 100 gelatin silver-print photographs, [1902-1904], the album 4° (25 x 20cm.), 25 card leaves with openings to display 4 images on each sheet (2 recto, 2 verso), 100 photographs (11 x 8cm.), including one duplicate, all captioned in ink on verso, with small slips mounted beneath each image with identical captions in ink in a different hand, the front free endpaper and front blank with the signatures of 20 of the participants in the relief operations (10 from the Discovery, 6 from the Morning and 4 from the Terra Nova). Original green cloth. Provenance: Gerald Doorly & J.D. Morrison (compilors); Ruth Allison Brown (pencil signature on front pastedown).
A fine series 0f photographs chronicling events during the relief voyages of the Morning, under Captain William Colbeck (for details of which see Christie's, 17 Sept. 1999, note to lot 187). Each of the three pages bearing signatures is headed separately: '"Discovery"/1901-2-3-4'; 'S.Y."Morning"/Antarctic Relief Expedition./1902-3-4' or 'S.S. Terra Nova"/1903-1904. Antarctic Relief/Expedition.' These headings appear to be in the hand of Gerald Doorly (the third officer of the Morning). The small slips bearing the captions to the individual photographs are probably in the hand of the chief engineer of the Morning, J.D. Morrison. The compilation of the album has therefore been tentatively ascribed to these two officers. That the latter was also the photographer who took some of the images is more certain: Doorly writes in the preface to his The Voyages of the "Morning", 1916, p.xi: 'I tender my thanks to Mr. J.D. Morrison... for supplying the photographs illustrating the story'. The present selection includes 12 of the 16 images in the published work. The Morning, seven weeks after leaving New Zealand, found the Discovery in February 1903. The photographs include the first sighting of Scott's ship, views of the Discovery icebound, re-fuelling, informal portraits of expedition members (including Scott, Evans, Wilson and Shackleton) and studies of seals, penguins and other sea-birds. Also included are a number of images documenting the operations which led to the eventual release of the Discovery from the ice in February 1904.