19. George Marston: Shackleton's Antarctic Artist

19. George Marston: Shackleton's Antarctic Artist
Hampshire Papers 19: George Marston: Shackleton's Antarctic Artist
by Stephen Locke (2000)

This paper is a study of the life and career of George Marston, a Hampshire-born artist who played a major role in two of Ernest Shackleton's Antarctic expeditions. Using Marston family letters and papers now deposited in Hampshire Record Office, published expedition accounts by Shackleton, Marston and others, and contemporary paintings and photographs, it provides a fascinating picture of Antarctic exploration in the early twentieth century.

Marston accompanied Shackleton on both the Nimrod and Endurance expeditions to the Antarctic. With the rest of the crew he endured terrible hardships, but despite this produced a valuable visual record of their experiences and was warmly remembered by other expedition members for his 'cheeriness and good humour' and practical skills. When the crew of Endurance was stranded on Elephant Island from April to August 1916, Marston, with another crew member, devised living quarters in two up-turned boats. He also managed to sketch his surroundings in watercolours, and his sketchbook and satchel, made from tent material and the remains of a dog whip, are now in the collections of Hampshire County Council Museums Service.

In England, Marston married Hazel Roberts, the daughter of the charismatic doctor, Harry Roberts, and lived for a time at Oakshott, near Petersfield. He also taught for a few years at Bedales School. He went on to become Director of the Rural Industries Bureau, and, using his artistic and practical skills, played an important role in the national initiative to regenerate rural industry.

Physical description 295mm x 210mm; softback; 28 pages.
Published in 2000 by Hampshire County Council.
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