118-year old painting discovered in Antarctic hut

June 15, 2017

An “almost perfectly preserved” watercolour painting has been discovered in an historic hut in Antarctica, dating back more than 118 years.

The painting, dated 1889, is of a ‘Tree Creeper’ bird. It was painted by scientist Dr Edward Wilson who died alongside Captain Robert Falcon Scott and three others on their return from the South Pole in 1912.

It was found at Cape Adare and was originally discovered in September last year among dust, mould and penguin excrement.

The find was kept confidential until now to allow the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust to preserve more than 1500 other artefacts.

The Antarctic conditions were the perfect way to preserve the painting.

Water colour paintings are particularly susceptible to light so the fact this work has spent more than a hundred years tightly packed between other sheets of paper in completely dark and cold conditions is an ideal way to store it.

Trust general manager Francesca Eathorne says it is a poignant reminder of the legacy the early explorers left behind.

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wow what is that in the picture?


that is cool I thought it was a sparrow

The Better Lydia

I love art! That art is especially good. I really would like to see that art in New Zealand. Can we have it in Auckland?


How did they even get to Antarctica?????


That's so cool!

It's a good painting to


WOW That's amazing 😮


that is amazing


this is amazing how did know about this?


That is awesome I hope I can see it


who drawed it


That is cool


That is really old!


This is grand News 😁