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Museum catalogue: Polar Art Collection


Mess Tent, Otto Fiord Camp, Ellesmere Island

Accession no.: Y: 2012/20/51
Object name: Chalk and charcoal sketch
Title: Mess Tent, Otto Fiord Camp, Ellesmere Island
Description: This sketch shows the magnificent surroundings of Bezal Jesudason's Base Camp on the northern coast of Otto Fiord, immediately adjacent to the Canadian Geologists' Camp. The Mess Tent was equipped with tables, chairs, heaters, and constant hot and cold food, sheer luxury for most English men on Arctic expeditions. The smells attracted a polar wolf (vixen) to cautiously approach the camp one evening. I had previously encountered the same vixen which had walked besdie me like a dog as I returned from a long walk.
Medium: Chalk and charcoal sketch
Artist: Woolmore, Ray
Note: Base Camp adjacent to Geologists' Camp on northern coast of Otto Fiord. Approx. Lat. 81°14'N, Long. 86°00'W.
  • Picture: Width: 229mm, height: 152mm
  • mount: Dimensions: ?