17 September 1999,
Price realised GBP 3,450
GBP 1,000 - GBP 1,500
Frank Hurley (1885-1962)
A Turreted Berg, 1913
blue-toned carbon print photograph, 17 x 23in., mounted on card. (Some neatly restored surface damage.) Contemporary oak frame.
'NO GRANDER SIGHT HAVE I EVER WITNESSED AMONG THE WONDERS OF ANTARCTICA' (Hurley. Argonauts of the South [New York, 1925] p.103).
Hurley accompanied Sir Douglas Mawson on his Australasian Antarctic Expedition of 1911-14. He was aboard the Aurora on her way to rescue some of Mawson's men from Knox Land in the Antarctic, when they came upon 'Thousands of mighty bergs...grounded on a vast shoal and our way lay through their midst. No grander sight have I ever witnessed among the wonders of Antarctica. We threaded a way down lanes of vivid blue with shimmering walls of mammoth bergs rising like castles of jade on either side' (Hurley. op. cit.)
D. Mawson, The Home of the Blizzard. London, 1915, II, opposite p.40.
J.Boddington, 1910-1916 Antarctic Photographs Herbert Ponting & Frank Hurley, Melbourne, 1979. p.85 stet.
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