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Stella Polare Expedition--Arctic
PAINTING OF THE ITALIAN STELLA POLARE EXPEDITION. [EARLY 20TH CENTURY]
Gouache on paper, (759 x 714mm.), black border, backed on linen, minor occasional repairs or restoration (mostly marginal), very minor staining or loss to paint
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A charming view of a native settlement, with the ship Stella Polare in the background.

The Stella Polare expedition to reach the North Pole was organised by Prince Luigi Amedeo. Amedo acquired the whaler Jason, and renamed her Stella Polare ('Pole Star'). On June 1899 the party landed in Russia, and they later set camp on Rudolf Island. That was their winter camp, from where they would attempt to reach the Pole. Sadly, Amedeo lost two fingers to frostbite and was unable to join. The feat was therefore lead by the Captain of the ship, Umberto Cagni. He and his team set a new record of latitude 86° 34’, beating the one set by Nansen in 1895.

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