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SPRI Review 2010: Picture Library

Picture Library

The Picture Library continues to assist many visitors and enquirers from around the world with their research on photographic material for use in a variety of publications, television programmes, lectures, museum exhibitions and theatre productions. Strong interest in the British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-13, led by Captain Scott has dominated the activities of the Picture Library during this, the first year of the Terra Nova centenary. Photographic material has been supplied for a number of exhibitions including those at the American Museum of Natural History, New York, the Natural History Museum, London, the Getty Images Gallery, London and the Cardiff Harbour Authority. Images have also been supplied for a number of books including The Longest Winter by Meredith Hooper and The Lost Photographs of Captain Scott by David Wilson. Many more images have been supplied to accompany a plethora of articles in magazines, journals and BBC News items.

The Picture Library acquired by donation approximately 12,000 digital photographs from the British Army Antarctic Expeditions, 2001-02, 2004-05 and 2007-08. These photographs, generously given to the Institute by Major Richard Pattison, are a welcome addition to the collection and will complement material the Institute already holds from these expeditions.

A significant number of images from the Institute’s paintings and drawings collection have been placed with the Bridgeman Art Library and will be made available for purchase as copy prints or under licence. Included in the selection are paintings by the artists Edward Adams, Ivan Dmitriyevich Bulychov, Samuel Cresswell, Edward Moss and Dr Edward Wilson.

The preventive conservation programme for the Institute’s photographic collection continues with the provision of five purpose-built boxes of archival quality. Four of the boxes store two sets of mounted prints from the British Arctic Expedition, 1875-76 (Nares), an early expedition to the Canadian Arctic and Greenland. The fifth box stores a photograph album containing 111 photographs taken during Livingstone Learmonth’s voyages in Eclipse to East Greenland in 1888 and in Maud to Davis Strait and Baffin Bay in 1889. The Friends of SPRI generously provided funds for the boxes. The Picture Library would like to acknowledge the invaluable help given by Angela Haines.

Lucy Martin

The settlement of Ilulissat in West Greenland with a cruise ship offshore

The settlement of Ilulissat in West Greenland with a cruise ship offshore