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Three paintings have been donated to the British Antarctic Monument Trust to be auctioned at the BAS Club Annual Dinner Dinner at Plas-y-Brenin, 21 June 2014.  Dr Humphrey Smith's executors have donated a major painting by Mike Skidmore: the 20x30 inch painting is entitled Base H - Signy.  Humphrey was a popular BAS microbiologist, 1968 to 1974, working on protozoa on Signy and elsewhere in polar regions. Read about hisecological legacy here.

Mike Skidmore says, "The painting was done to mark the 50 years of continuous operation of British Antarctic Survey's biological station on Signy Island, South Orkney Islands. It shows the base huts beside Factory Cove and beyond the ice in the bay, RRS Bransfield arriving for the annual summer relief.

Base H - Signy

"Beyond the open water lie the majestic mountains of Coronation Island, discovered by George Powell on December 6 1821, and named after the recent coronation of King George IV."

Last year's silent auction of another of Mike's pictures of Signy Island donated by Humphrey Smith's executors was very close run between bidders and raised a magnificent £1250.

Base H - Signy Island by Mike Skidmore.  RRS Bransfield with summer relief. Oil on canvas board, dark blue hessian mount, slim aluminium frame 35x25 inches

The popular artist Emily Patrick has donated two signed prints of penguins to be auctioned at the BAS Club Annual Dinner. Emily says that she had a penguin toy as a child and finds them part of her childhood dreamscape that she recaptures in her some of her paintings. The one picture is entitled Talking to a penguin and the other Easter Cockerel.

EmilyTalking to the penguin studied architecture at Cambridge  before turning to painting. Her solo exhibition at Agnews in 1996 was a sell out: the first in its history to  do so. Since then she has had ten hugely successful solo  shows in London and New York.

An accomplished portrait painter winning several national awards, Emily was commissioned to paint Diana, Princess of Wales for the Royal Hampshire Regiment in 1986. Since 2005 all her exhibitions have been labelled "critic’s choice" in The Times and "the best of what’s on" in the Financial Times. You can see more of her work here.

If you would like to bid before the dinner, 22 June 2014, please email the Chairman Rod Rhys Jones at with your best bid. Bidding will close at 10.00pm, the bids being shown on a board beside the pictures. 


 Talking to the penguin, 2010, no 2 of 50. Image Easter Cockerel by Emily Patrick13 X 11 inches on cream mounting board 19 x 17 inches.

Easter Cockerel, 2012, no 5 of 50, image 17 X 13 inches on cream mounting board 23 X 19 inches. Both signed Emily Patrick. 

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