'Antarctic Petrels on the Nest, Cape Hunter'. Australasian Antarctic Expedition, Frank HURLEY.

'Antarctic Petrels on the Nest, Cape Hunter'

A vintage gelatin silver photograph flush-cut on the original card mount, recently hinge-mounted and matted using archival materials, ready for framing (visible image size 225 × 295 mm); a few light surface marks and scratches (with some minor edge and corner blemishes matted out); overall in very good condition.

This photograph was taken at Cape Hunter, 'a rocky promontory on the west shore of Commonwealth Bay, Antarctica ... 15 km west of Cape Denison. It was discovered in 1912 and explored the following year by the Australasian Antarctic Expedition under Douglas Mawson, who named it for John G. Hunter, chief biologist of the expedition' (Geographic Names Information System, United States Geological Survey, retrieved online). The title come from the catalogue entry for the original 1915 Australian exhibition of Hurley photographs, which offers further information about this image: 'At the Cape Hunter Rookery. "One could sit down among the soft, mild birds who were fearless at the approach of man"'.

Provenance: Sir Douglas Mawson; by descent.

Item #114975

Price: $1,100.00