HURLEY (FRANK) "Lotus floe 'neath the Barrier Brink", [1911-1914]

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Lot 145*
HURLEY (FRANK)
"Lotus floe 'neath the Barrier Brink", [1911-1914]

Sold for £ 15,000 (US$ 19,996) inc. premium
HURLEY (FRANK)
"Lotus floe 'neath the Barrier Brink", blue-toned carbon print, mounted on board, Fine Art Society label on verso with title and reference number 53 supplied in manuscript, Mawson estate stamp on verso and further annotations, 565 x 720mm., [1911-1914]

Footnotes

  • The annotation on verso further identifies the scene as "portion of a panorama at Lands End, Bickerton in the view / Pancake ice." The official title derives from a line of a poem in Mawson's Home of the Blizzard.

    Frank Bickerton (1889-1954) remains a relatively little-known figure. He accompanied the Australasian Antarctic Expedition as engineer and was responsible for the pioneering uses of both a wingless aeroplane for towing sledges and wireless telegraphy in the Antarctic. His aeronautical prowess continued when he served as a fighter pilot during both world wars, first with the Royal Flying Corps and then with the RAF. Mawson described Bickerton as a "hero".

    Provenance: Provenance: Sir Douglas Mawson, and by descent, estate stamp and annotation on verso; private collection.
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