“IN THE FRONT RANK OF MOUNTAIN PHOTOGRAPHERS”: VINTAGE EVEREST EXPEDITION PHOTOGRAPH BY FRANK SMYTHE, PUBLISHER’S FILE COPY, USED IN RUTTLEDGE’S EVEREST 1933
SMYTHE, Frank. Photograph. No place, . Vintage black-and-white photograph measures 8 by 12 inches. Window matted, entire piece measures 13 by 16-1/2. $1300.
Vintage matte albumen photograph of members of the Fourth British Expedition on their climb up Mount Everest. Used in Ruttledge’s book, Everest 1933.
The image shows two climbers, four heavily-laden porters, and a dog about to enter a sérac formation during the 1933 climb up Mount Everest. Smythe “was in the front rank of mountain photographers. He was at his best as an interpreter of mountain adventure” (DNB). This photograph was the publisher’s file copy used by Houghton Mifflin for “The Medial Trough,” Plate 26, page 145 of Hugh Ruttledge’s Everest 1933; Ruttledge led the expedition during which this photograph was taken. Publisher’s pencil notations to verso.
Two faint, unobtrusive rub marks to image, slight tape residue to verso. A beautiful, about-fine photograph.