Capt. Scott in his den.

A general view of Captain R F Scott sitting on the edge of the foot of his bed writing in a journal. The shelf and wall next to the table contain photographs of Kathleen Scott and Kathleen with their son Peter Scott. Woollen socks and his fur finnesko boots are hanging from nails in the wall beside his bed, while clothes are stacked on the shelves above. Other shelves in this area contain a large number of books, including 'Longman's Gazetteer of the World', 'Haydn's Dictionary of Dates', 'Dictionary of National Biography', 'Hazell's Annual, 1910', and 'Whittaker's Almanac'.

Further books are on shelves at the head of the bed, as well as a full pipe rack with a Ponting print of Scott by a sledge (see plate ALB1217.32). Some packing cases have also been converted into storage for books next to the bed. On the floor are Scott's fur ski overshoes (now in the collection). On the bed is Scott's much loved naval overcoat.

Ponting recorded in his book that 'Our Leader had created a characteristic environment about him. Besides the numerous books to which I have referred, there were many photographs of his wife and little son, Peter, about the walls of his cubicle; there was also a rack of pipes and a jumble of Polar clothing. On his bunk lay his naval overcoat...'

Object Details

ID: ALB1217.40
Type: Photographic print
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Ponting, Herbert George
Date made: 7 October 1911
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Duff Collection
Measurements: Overall: 119 mm x 167 mm
Parts: British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-13, covering the period 1910-11 (Photograph album)

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