Notes from Antarc­tica

Country Life Every Week - - Country Life 1897–2017 -

THE artist Keith Shack­le­ton, a de­scen­dant of Ernest Shack­le­ton and friend of Sir Peter Scott, son of Capt Scott, wrote and il­lus­trated an ar­ti­cle on wildlife in Antarc­tica (be­low): ‘I must con­fess to be­ing an un­sci­en­tific sort of nat­u­ral­ist, which may be ex­plained by the com­pet­ing di­ver­sions of a painter. The vis­ual, the sub­ject ap­peal, has al­ways out-val­ued re­search. There is noth­ing against the mix­ture as I see it, even when in head-on con­flict sci­ence is in­vari­ably the loser. About 70% of all mankind in Antarc­tica are sci­en­tists— artists are scarce as al­bino pen­guins’ (Jan­uary 23, 1975).

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