ca. 1913. Unrecorded lithograph by Arch. Webb, illustrating one of the iconic moments in exploration history, illustrating the trek of Captain Scott, Edward Wilson and Birdie Bowers on their return from the South Pole, having failed to beat Roald Amundsen to the Pole. Evans & Oates had already perished - these three were soon to join them. The tragedy captured the hearts and minds of the British Commonwealth.
We believe that this large scale print was issued in about 1913. It is akin to the limited reproduction of the 1913 painting by J.C. Dollman, printed by Orman of Nottingham about 1913, illustrating Lt. Oates leaning into the wind. It is possible that the image was used in a magazine, and perhaps as some special large-scale edition, perhaps for "The Critic" magazine.
Opportunities for commercial artists abounded at this time as the magazines and newspapers of the period were heavily illustrated, and photographs were not used much before 1914. Our research into these magazines has shown one example of his illustration in the Jul-Dec 1912 volume of the Pall Mall Magazine, to illustrate a story "A Lighthouse Christmas" by Walter H. Holton. Webb's illustration for this story are signed "Arch Webb", in the same manner as this print.
RARE: We have not seen this image of one of the most iconic moments in British Antarctic exploration in 35 years of dealing in this area. Not recorded on OCLC, Trove, The British Museum, The British Library, The Scott Polar Research Institute at Cambridge, no appearance at auction (either through ArtNet or AE), Renard's Antarctic Auction of 1994.
Laid down on old board, lower margin trimmed around the caption. A little foxed with a dark discoloration in the left quadrant. Rather grandly matted in an old cream mat with gold filets around caption and the edge of the image. Image size approximately 21 1/2 x 13" in mat 30 x 19 3/4" Item #20300