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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Sir David Attenborough Antarctic Notebooks Book Launch

Sir David Attenborough at the

Edward Wilson’s Antarctic Notebooks

Book launch

Sir David was speaking at the launch of Edward Wilson's Antarctic Notebooks, a book by Dr Wilson's great-nephews David and Chris Wilson reproducing his sketches and watercolours from his expeditions to the Antarctic with Captain Robert Falcon Scott.

Dr Wilson was Scott's chief scientific officer on the second expedition, facing down freezing conditions and snow blindness to depict the continent and its wildlife, and died alongside him during their return from the South Pole in 1912.

Edward Wilson's Antarctic Notebooks (Reardon Publishing) was launched at the London Wetlands Centre by Sir David Attenborough, who was interviewed on ITV Meridian for the launch. Edward Wilson took part in two British expeditions to Antarctica, the British National Antarctic Expedition (Discovery Expedition) and the (Terra Nova Expedition), both under the leadership of Captain Scott, (Book Authors David and Christopher Wilson)



ISBN 9781874192510 Dr. Edward A. Wilson (1872-1912) is widely regarded as one of the finest artists ever to have worked in the Antarctic. Sailing with Captain Scott aboard 'Discovery' (1901-1904), he became the last in a long tradition of 'exploration artists' from an age when pencil and water-colour were the main methods of producing accurate scientific records of new lands and animal species. He combined scientific, topographical and landscape techniques to produce accurate and beautiful images of the last unknown continent. Such was the strength of his work that it also helped to found the tradition of modern wildlife painting. In particular Wilson captured the essence of the flight and motion of Southern Ocean sea-birds on paper. Returning with Captain Scott aboard 'Terra Nova' (1910-1913) as Chief of Scientific Staff, he continued to record the continent and its wildlife with extraordinary deftness. Chosen to accompany Captain Scott to the South Pole, his last drawings are from one of the most famous epic journeys in exploration history. Along with his scientific work, Wilson's pencil recorded the finding of Roald Amundsen's tent at the South Pole by Captain Scott. Wilson died, along with the other members of the British Pole Party, during the return journey, in March 1912. Many of the images in this book are rarely seen or are previously unpublished. The drawings and paintings were created at considerable personal cost in the freezing conditions in which Wilson worked. He often suffered severely from the cold whilst sketching and also from snow-blindness, or sunburn of the eye. They provide a remarkable testament to one of the great figures of the heroic age of Antarctic exploration. The book has been produced as a companion volume to 'Edward Wilson's Nature Notebooks' by two of Wilson's great nephews, to mark the centenary of his death. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Additional Information: ARTIST: Illustrations by Edward Wilson ILLUSTRATIONS: 500paintings, drawings













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