SCOTT, Robert Falcon.
Antarctic Expedition – Scott Memorial Plaque
Attractive commemorative souvenir, Scott’s widow herself received a silver version of the piece. The Polar scenes are based on photographs by Bowers and Ponting that appeared in issues of the Daily Mirror – the newspaper had exclusive rights to all expedition photographs – for either 12 February, the day on which Scott’s death was announced, or the “Captain Scott Number” of 21 May, 1913, which published the first images of Scott’s party at the Pole.
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Embossed bronzed copper plaque (255 x 355 mm), in original ebonized wood frame (framed size, 367 455 mm). Wide border of laurels, twined with a wreath bearing the names of those who died on the expedition, at the corners are roundels with portraits of Scott, his wife Kathleen, and their son Peter, and the cross atop Scott’s grave cairn; the border encloses a quartered panel with four scenes from the expedition, a dogsled pulling away from the Terra Nova, the Pole party man-hauling a sled, the party at the Pole, and the graves of Scott, Scott, Wilson and Bowers, a central ‘boss’ has a ‘portrait’ of Nigger, the expedition cat. Small metal label with the inscription “dulce et decorum est pro patria mori” – “A sweet and fitting thing it is to die for one’s country”. Some minor wear to the frame, with a few expert repairs, but overall in excellent condition.