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Robert Falcon Scott (1868–1912)

Photo credit: National Portrait Gallery, London

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Robert Falcon Scott was born in Plymouth and began his naval career aged thirteen. From 1901 to 1904 he led the first National Antarctic Expedition on board the Discovery. The expedition reached further south than any previous attempt and Scott became a national hero. His second expedition on board the Terra Nova reached the Antarctic in January 1911 and set out for the pole the following November. Scott's team reached the South Pole in January 1912 only to find that the Norwegian explorer, Roald Amundsen had beaten him there. They encountered extreme weather conditions on their return and perished.

National Portrait Gallery, London

London


Date

1905

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 151 x W 100 cm

Accession number

NPG 2079

Acquisition method

accepted in lieu of tax by HM Government and allocated to the Gallery, 2012

Work type

Painting


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