Lot 788 , Walter Ernest How (1885-1972), a signed watercolour drawing of Shackletons Endurance

Walter Ernest How (1885-1972), a signed watercolour drawing of Shackletons Endurance

Walter Ernest How (1885-1972), Antarctic Expedition 1914-1917
watercolour on card
'Endurance', inscribed verso in the artist's hand, 'Sir Ernest Shackleton's/The 'Endurance' frozen in the 'Weddel [sic] Sea', 1915' and additionally inscribed in another hand, 'Painted by Walter E. How/Able Seaman/Endurance/Imperial Antarctic Expedition 1914-16'
titled and signed 'W. How' l.r.
8 x 11in (20 x 28cm approx), unframed
Estimate £400-600

Note: Walter How, known as 'Ernie', first went to sea at the age of 12 and at the time of the Antarctic expedition he had already experienced polar conditions. It is thought that Shackleton selected the Able Seaman both for this reason and his natural artistic flair, even though the Expedition already included George Marston as 'official' artist. How's paintings were not featured in earlier accounts of the voyage, but he later provided some illustrations for Margery and James Fisher's book, 'Shackleton', published in 1957.

Watercolour on card in honest untouched condition, possibly slightly faded with a number of scattered dirt marks throughout, signed lower right, inscribed in ballpoint in a later hand verso with details of the work, not framed.

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Sold for £3,200