Review of Due south, by John Kelly
AbstractThis small volume is basically the diary of John Kelly, who visited the British Antarctic Survey station on Signy Island in the South Orkney Islands. It includes about 60 monochrome plates (mainly half-page ones), a few sketches and a map of the island. The text is essentially a diary of the author’s time, from beginning in the Falkland Islands, sailing aboard RRS Ernest Shackleton , staying on the island from 25 January to 8 March 2003 to the return journey. As well as the illustrations, the text is accompanied by brief poetical extracts by the author and others. It is substantially a personal account of the visit, and may be best understood by those who have seen exhibitions of his artistic works. Impressions of Signy Island are confined to modern ones gained during the artist’s visit; thus, there is no reference to the Norwegian aspects of its history (neither the derivation of the name from Signy, daughter of the whaling captain Petter Sørlle, nor the graves of five whalers on Factory Bluff, is mentioned). Similarly, reference to the continuing scientific research conducted at the station is minimal although he accompanied a limnological survey.
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