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Ernest Shackleton Statue

Standing on a niche on a red-bricked Victorian building on Kensington Gore is a curious statue of a man. The figure wears an open-faced balaclava and bundles of loose-fitting clothes. A pair of fur mittens hang around his neck, and fur-lined boots cover his feet.

At first glance, this unassuming figure may look like an eccentrically dressed homeless person, contrasting sharply with London’s more bombastic statues. However, the figure portrayed is none other than the famous polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton, a key figure in what’s known as the “Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration.”   


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