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“The Art of the Hero”: commemorating Scott of the Antarctic. Followed by our AGM Dr. Max Jones Thursday 20 June 2019


Captain Scott and his four companions died in the Antarctic in 1912. Although they had lost the race to the South Pole to Norwegian Roald Amundsen, their deaths unleashed an astonishing wave of tributes not only in Britain but around the world. This lecture will examine the different ways in which artists represented death in the polar wasteland and portrayed failure as heroic sacrifice.