Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton (1874-1922)
'Savage Club House Dinner. Capt. R. F. Scott in the chair, June 19th, 1909. Welcome to Lieut. E. H. Shackleton', printed commemorative menu, (Laid down on card.)
12 x 14in. (31.5 x 36.3cm), framed and glazed; together with an earlier Savage Club commemorative menu for December 1st 1906, with 'Dr. Fridtjof Nansen in the chair.'
This dinner was a defining event in the fraught relationship between Scott and Shackleton. In proposing his rival's health, Scott indirectly referred to the state of near physical helplessness to which Shackleton had been reduced on the Discovery expedition by remarking: 'If I had a hand in rocking his Antarctic cradle, I am very proud of it.' The result was that Shackleton left abruptly after the dinner and did not return. 'Even in the determinedly convivial surroundings of the Savage Club, Shackleton did not wish to be talked of as a baby, especially by the man against whom he had fought so hard to erase the stigma of weakness.' (Roland Huntford, Shackleton, 1985, 1996 reprint, p. 305). (2)