Herbert James Draper Portraits: Master Teddy Oates (England, 1919)



Figure 1.--One of Draper's portraits is Master Teddy Oates. The boy had an illustrious forebear, Lawrence 'Titus' Oates. Teddy is dressed in a velvet scarlet short trouser suit and ruffled collared blouse, white ankle socks and strap shoes. Teddy looks to be about 5-6 years old.

One of Draper's portraits is Master Teddy Oates. The boy had an illustrious forebear, Lawrence 'Titus' Oates. He was the son of his nephew Lieutenant BWG Oates, the nephew of Captain Oates who went to the Antarctic with Captain Scott. The portrait was exhibited at the Royal Academy (1919), just before Draper's death. Captain Lawrence Oates was a hero of the Scott Expedition. In an effort to save his friends who were running short of provisions, he walked out of the tent, in a blizzard, saying, 'I am stepping outside. I may be some time.' Lawrence Oates was a bit of a Maverick. He was an An Army Officer in the Boer War. On two skirmishes with the Boers, he was asked to surrender. His answer on each occasion is said to be, "I came here to fight, not to surrender." He came from a wealthy family, and bought his way on the Scott Expedition by donating 1,000 towards the Expedition. (Equivalent to 50.00 today) He and Scott never got on well. He was put in charge of the horses used to tow the sledges of supplies. He reported that these were usless old nags, quite unsuitable for the journey. Scott described him as 'peevish'. He beacme a National Hero when his self-sacrifice, albeit useless, become known. His immortal words "I am stepping outside - I may be sometime" Caught the imagination of the British Press and Public. Teddy is dressed in a velvet scarlet short trouser suit and ruffled collared blouse, white ankle socks and strap shoes. Teddy looks to be about 5-6 years old.







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