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Long-lost polar sketches released
The five men from the 1912 Scott Expedition to the South Pole
Edward Wilson (far left) died alongside Captain Scott (centre)
Forgotten drawings by a 20th Century artist who travelled with polar explorer Captain Robert Scott are being published for the first time.

Relatives of artist Edward Wilson have restored 500 drawings for a new retrospective of his work.

The sketches were lost when Wilson and Scott died returning from the Antarctic, but were later recovered.

Edward Wilson's Nature Notebooks has been prepared by the artist's great nephews David and Christopher Wilson.

An influence on conservation

Christopher Wilson said: "I think people will be surprised at the proliferation of sketches and hope that publication will go some way to ensuring Uncle Ted's place in the history of Natural History painting as well as his deserved reputation as the last major painter of exploration art."

Wilson was considered to be at the forefront of modern wildlife painting and a key figure in influencing the 21st Century conservation movement.

During his expeditions to the Antarctic in 1911 and 1912 and to Madeira, Trinidad and New Zealand, Wilson recorded biological specimens and painted finished watercolours.

Scott's expedition reached the South Pole on 24 January 1912, but hit bad weather on the return trip.

Wilson died alongside Scott and two other crew members on 29 March.

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