Oct 17, 2019 - Sale 2520

Sale 2520 - Lot 96

Price Realized: $ 9,375
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 8,000 - $ 12,000
(ROBERT PEARY) (1856-1920)
Robert Peary, His Flag Waves above Cape Stallworthy (Cape Thomas Hubbard). Ferrotyped silver print, the image measuring 9 3/4x7 1/4 inches (25x18.4 cm.), the mount 13 3/4x8 1/2 inches (36x23.3 cm.), with numerous cropping notations and a citation "75 Years of Geographic Research, January 1963, page 14," in pencil, on mount recto, and extensive handwritten notations, hand stamps, and labels, on mount verso. 1906

Additional Details

A vintage and, apparently, unique print from Peary's 1905-06 expedition above Cape Stallworthy (Cape Thomas Hubbard).

From the Personal Archive of Admiral Peary;
Gifted to the National Geographic Society by Mrs. Peary;
From the National Geographic Collection: The Art of Exploration, Christie's New York, December 6, 2012;
to a Private New York Collector.

The image was reproduced in, National Geographic Magazine, October 1954, p. 523 and National Geographic Magazine, January 1963, p. 18.

Robert Edwin Peary Sr. (1856-1920) was an American naval officer and explorer who made multiple expeditions to the Arctic, during which time he set two "farthest north" records, including the expedition represented in this photograph. The National Geographic Society certified Peary's 1905–1906 expedition as the "Farthest" and awarded him its highest honor, the Hubbard Medal.

The flag depicted in this image, which was apparently made by Peary's wife, was worn by Peary on five different Arctic expeditions. He removed portions of the flag to commemorate each of his journeys. In the foregroun is Peary's equipment. This image was shot before the fragment was cut that he intended to leave at Cape Stallworthy. In 1954, the flag was presented to the National Geographic Society.