More than 100 years ago, during a frigid, miserable expedition in Antarctica, an artist and a photographer agreed that one day they would combine their works into a single exhibit (see images below).
That vision has now finally come together at a show at Bonham's auctioneers in London.
In 1910, the esteemed British British Royal Navy officer and explorer Robert Scott set off with 65 men in an effort to explore Antarctica and beat Norwegian Explorer Roald Amundson to become the first people to reach the South Pole.
Amundson ended up beating Scott to the pole by four weeks. He got there using dogs to pull his team's gear. Scott would realize his defeat, seeing signs of the earlier Norwegian team and their flag at the pole when, tired, frozen and exhausted, they finally reached it themselves on Jan. 17, 1912.
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Upon their arrival, Scott wrote, "The Pole. Yes, but under very different circumstances from those expected. We have had a horrible day - add to our disappointment a head wind 4 to 5, with a temperature -22 degrees, and companions laboring on with cold feet and hands."
They never made it back -- extreme cold and dwindling food and supplies sealed the men's fate -- they died en route back to their base camp.
Edward Wilson, a medical doctor, botanist and amateur artist, known as "Uncle Bill," by his team, made that final doomed trek with Scott -- and died alongside him. But the expedition photographer, Herbert Ponting, was among those who stayed behind at base camp and eventually boarded the ship to return to England. He had instructed Scott on the basic of photography to ensure that some photos of the final push to the pole would be taken.
Ponting would eventually hand over Wilson's works and his and Scott's glass negatives for development back in England. He also ensured Wilson's works made it back to their homeland.
Ponting recalled: "Uncle Bill handed me a parcel which contained all his sketches. He asked me to take charge of it, and deliver it to his wife, telling me that it was his earnest hope that we might have a joint exhibition of our work – his sketches and my photographs."
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