Edward Wilson was a medical doctor who accompanied Scott on some of his Antarctic expeditions. He was a naturalist and an artist – a valuable member of Scott’s team. He was able to capture in sketches and paintings many of the items discovered during the expedition. Some of his work can be seen in the Wilson Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum. His medical abilities were also very valuable.
Gizmodo reports how one of his paintings were discovered in an abandoned hut. Penguins had virtually taken the hut over when a party from the Antarctic Heritage Trust arrived to clear the hut and tabulate all the documents and items found there. It was a messy business as a lot of stuff was covered with penguin feathers and guano. Josefin Bergmark-Jimenez was the lucky lady who discovered a beautifully preserved painting done by Edward Wilson.
It is thought that the painting, done more than 118 years ago, was painted by Wilson while recovering from Tuberculosis in Europe. He probably included it with his luggage on one of the expeditions and somehow or other left it behind. It is amazing that it survived the harsh Antarctic conditions and the abuse by the penguins who invaded the hut.