Dr Edward Adrian Wilson (British, 1872-1912) 'The South Polar Times, 1902-3 "Discovery"' (paper watermarked "Royal Nonpareil Wove")

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Lot 177
Dr Edward Adrian Wilson
(British, 1872-1912)
'The South Polar Times, 1902-3 "Discovery"'

Sold for £ 21,500 (US$ 29,636) inc. premium
Dr Edward Adrian Wilson (British, 1872-1912)
'The South Polar Times, 1902-3 "Discovery"'
signed in pencil 'E.A.Wilson' (lower right)
watercolour and pencil
24.2 x 19.1cm (9 1/2 x 7 1/2in).
paper watermarked "Royal Nonpareil Wove"

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  • Provenance
    Christie's, London, 10 April 1997, lot 96.

    The South Polar Times was produced on the ice in Antarctica by members of Scott's British National Antarctic Expedition 1901-04, whilst the Discovery was icebound during the winters of 1902 and 1903. Edited by Ernest Shackleton and Louis Bernacchi, it was Edward Wilson, the expedition's zoologist and junior surgeon, who contributed the majority of the illustrations. This watercolour design of a polar coat of arms is a variant of the image used as frontispiece to the second volume of the South Polar Times when the original typescript version produced during the expedition was published in London, between 1907 and 1914. SPRI hold another version of Wilson's watercolour (accession no. Y: 2018/7/4).
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