Painted décor depicting Robert Peary’s expedition to the North Pole in 1908-1909
Approximately 22.5 meters long by 2.5 meters high
Made by the Millard & Co. studio in New York, USA circa 1910s
Ex collection Jeffrey R. Myers, New York
Exhibited & published:
A la découverte de la culture Inuit, Cannes,
Centre d’Art de la Malmaison, 2017
Photos: Courtesy Centre d’Art de la Malmaison
The prize of three centuries, my dream and ambition for twenty-three years.
Mine at last.
Robert Peary Travel Journal, April 7th, 1909
This spectacular artwork commemorates the legendary expedition by United States Navy officer Robert Edwin Peary (1856-1920). Peary was officially the first explorer to reach the geographic North Pole on April 6th, 1909.
This monumental painted canvas (approximately 22.5 meters long by 2.5 meters high), depicts Peary's voyage aboard the Roosevelt up until his arrival at the Pole.
The décor shows several Arctic scenes, including depictions of an Inuit village, snow-covered landscapes, snow sleds with dogs, and a scene with a polar bear symbolizing the final arrival at the North Pole.