21 September 2000
Lieutenant Henry Robertson BOWERS (1883-1912)
'The Polar Party and their Sledge' [January 1912]
titled and inscribed 'A' on the Fine Art Society label on the backing board
gelatin silver print
11 x 15in. (27.5 x 38.3cm.)
This image and those in the following three lots were offered as supplementary photographs at the Fine Art Society Exhibition of Ponting's photographs of the British Antarctic Expedition: 'It was felt that a selection of the photographs taken by Lieutenant Bowers at the South Pole must be included, for they are without doubt the most tragically interesting in existence. The films from which they are made were brought back by Captain Scott, as evidence of what he had found and accomplished, to the final camp where he and his two surviving comrades died, and they lay beside the dead body of the leader for eight months before they were found. They were developed a month later in the hut at Cape Evans...A. The Polar Party and their Sledge. Photograph by Lieutenant Bowers taken on the Polar Plateau showing his companions harnessed to their sledge' (The Fine Art Society. The British Antarctic Expedition 1910-1913, Exhibition of the photographic Pictures of...Ponting , pp.23-24).
Contact Client Service
New York +1 212 636 2000
London +44 (0)20 7839 9060
Asia +852 2760 1766
No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT at 17.5% will be added to the buyer's premium which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis.
Daniel Moquay, head of the Klein archives in Paris, discusses the French artist’s spirituality, his relationship with the colour blue — and his love of judo
Letters, postcards and photographs from the personal archives of Einstein’s sister and brother-in-law shed new light on his extraordinary life and complex character