'A Wave Worn Stretch of Icy Coast'. Australasian Antarctic Expedition, Frank HURLEY.

'A Wave Worn Stretch of Icy Coast'

A very large vintage blue-toned carbon print (570 × 738 mm), flush-cut on the original thick card mount, recently mounted and matted using archival materials. Light tanning around the edges (extending a little more into the sky along the top edge); a few tiny chips to the extremities are now obscured by the mat; overall in excellent condition.

This 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 London catalogue reference number 102 in ink; the latter is crossed out and replaced with the Australian catalogue reference number 96 in pencil.

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 (with the Mawson Estate stamp on the verso); by descent.

Item #114980