The Scott Polar Research Institute at the University of Cambridge is a long-established center for research into both polar regions and was a finalist institution for Art Fund Prize 2011, the UK's largest arts fundraising endowment.
The collection contains stunning images taken from the very early days of exploration to both the Arctic and the Antarctic, particularly those of the expeditions led by Robert Falcon Scott and Ernest Shackleton, providing a documentary record of all aspects of life in the polar regions, ranging through science, glaciology, scenery and ethnography.
Highlights of the collection available for licensing via the Bridgeman Art Library include portraits of polar explorers, observations of indigenous peoples encountered, renderings of daily life on the polar ice cap and delicate, beautiful watercolours of Antarctic landscapes and creatures by Edward Adrian Wilson.
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