'A Blizzard'. Australasian Antarctic Expedition, Frank HURLEY.

'A Blizzard'

A large vintage blue-toned carbon print (352 × 418 mm), flush-cut on the original thick card mount; minimal conservation to a couple of trifling surface blemishes near the bottom edge; in excellent condition, recently mounted and matted using archival materials.

This classic image shows assistant medical officer Leslie Whetter and assistant collector John Close cutting ice for use in the nearby Winter Quarters (visible in the background). This prosaic description captures none of the awesome beauty of the scene. The print comes from the original 1915 Australian exhibition of Hurley photographs; this was a slightly enlarged version of the London exhibition held earlier in the same year. The label of the Fine Art Society, New Bond Street, London is on the verso of this print, with the title (as above) and the catalogue reference number 69 added in ink.

The full title of the Australian exhibition catalogue is 'Exhibition of Unique Photographic Pictures taken during the Australasian Antarctic Expedition. Also other Photographic Studies by Frank Hurley' (small octavo, 16 pages plus 8 full-page plates and the title-wrappers; printed in Adelaide by G. Hassell & Son). A small advertisement appeared in the Adelaide 'Advertiser' on Saturday 25 September 1915, announcing a 'South Polar Exhibit.... until October 6. This Exhibition is your only opportunity of viewing Historical Relics of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, and Frank Hurley's Unexcelled Photographic Reproductions'. Provenance: Sir Douglas Mawson; by descent.

Item #114978