Wednesday, April 21, 2021

The art of adventure

London’s art fairs and auction houses celebrate the spirit of adventure in general and Oates, Scott and Shackleton in particular

 

Uniting Masterpiece and The Art & Antiques Fair Olympia and at a forthcoming Christie’s auction also, works of art and memorabilia connected to the escapades of Captain Lawrence ‘Titus’ Oates, Captain Robert Falcon Scott and Sir Ernest Shackleton feature strongly.

 

At Masterpiece – which runs until Wednesday – several exhibitors feature works relating to these much celebrated men. On Peter Harrington’s stand, a signed limited edition of E. H. Shackleton’s The Heart of the Antarctic and The Antarctic Book, 1909 is available for £27,500 ($36,485 or €32,810). The second features signatures of all the members of the shore party on two pages.

 

On another stand, Beetles & Huxley exhibit a silver gelatin contact print of Captain Oates with ponies in a stable at Cape Evans in May 1911. It was taken by Herbert Ponting (1870 – 1935) and is priced at £4,500 ($5,970 or €5,370).

 

At The Art & Antiques Fair Olympia – which closed yesterday – Bermondsey Wall based Opus Art offered a set of correspondence relating to the British Antarctic Expedition 1910. Featuring a signed letter from Scott of the Antarctic as its centrepiece, the correspondence thanks a donor for his ten guinea contribution and comes with a receipt. A price was not disclosed.

 

On the 7th July, Christie’s South Kensington will sell an oil on board painting titled A very gallant gentleman: Lawrence ‘Titus’ Oates walking out into the night. It was painted by George Percy Jacomb-Hood MVO, RBA (1857 – 1929) and is inscribed as having been created to benefit the Artists’ War Fund. A guide of £3,000 to £5,000 ($4,700 to $7,700, €4,300 to €7,300) has been set for it.

The art of adventure – Oates, Scott and Shackleton
“A very gallant gentleman” by George Pery Jacomb-Hood will be sold by Christie’s on Thursday 7th July 2016

The art of adventure – Oates, Scott and Shackleton
The books offered by Peter Harrington

The art of adventure – Oates, Scott and Shackleton
The photograph of Captain Oates

The art of adventure – Oates, Scott and Shackleton
The set of correspondence offered by Opus Art relating to Scott’s British Antarctic Expedition 1910

 

 

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