Approaching Mt Hope
Original painting 20" x 30", oil on canvas board, 1995, Copyright Michael Skidmore, 2001
A historical painting depicting the final stages of the trek to lay depots for the crossing party of Shackleton's ill-fated Imperial Trans-Antarctic expedition of 1914-17. The final depot was placed at Mt Hope at the foot of the Beardmore Glacier as required for the crossing party. Without it they would never be able to complete the 2000 km of the crossing to Ross Island where the Aurora and the Ross Sea party were to await them.
The story associated with laying this depot, the sole aim of this part of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition is one of the forgotten sagas of the history of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration.
I wished to commemorate it in some way as this part of the Expedition is usually overlooked in the light of the story of the loss of Shackleton's Endurance in the Weddell Sea.
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