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Captain Scott's Birthday Dinner, 6 June 1911

Photo credit: National Portrait Gallery, London

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This photograph records a rare moment of relaxation and celebration. Scott's diary records the event: 'June 6... my birthday, a fact I might easily have forgotten, but my kind people did not...we sat down to a sumptuous spread with our sledge banners hung about us...everyone was very festive and amiably appreciative.'

The people in the photograph are: Edward Atkinson, Cecil Meares, Lawrence Oates (standing), Apsley Cherry-Garrard, Griffith Taylor, Edward Nelson, Edward Evans (later 1st Baron Mountevans), Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Adrian Wilson, Sir George Clarke Simpson, Henry Bowers, Tryggve Gran (standing), Charles Wright, Frank Debenham, and Bernard Day.

National Portrait Gallery, London





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H 52.9 x W 65.4 cm

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purchased, 2005

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