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Robert Charles Haun (1903-1975)

 

Warrant Officer Silas Boling
Robert Charles Haun #56
Pencil on paper, 7 January 1956
88-192-BD

 

Warrant Officer Silas Boling came back after his long stretch on Navigation. The artist notes, "He's Exhausted. Bushed."

 

After Dinner Smoke Talk
Robert Charles Haun #49
Pencil on paper, 6 January 1956
88-192-AW

 

The artist notes, "Tent caught fire from hot pipe."

 

First Aid Tent
Robert Charles Haun #55
Pencil on paper, 7 January 1956
88-192-BC

 

Sketched in front of Dr. Erlich's first aid tent for MCB (Special).

 

Informal Staff Conference in Cabin
Robert Charles Haun #38
Pencil on paper, 1955
88-192-AL

 

 

 

 

Men Sitting Around Fire on Ice
Robert Charles Haun #41
Watercolor on paper, 1 January 1956
88-192-AO

 

 

 

Sketch for Triptych
Robert Charles Haun #63
Gouache & ink on paper, 22 January 1956
88-192-BK

 

 

Among the buildings of Little America was a small hut designated as a chapel for Protestant and Catholic services. This triptych, designed and painted by Haun, was 4' x 6' and placed as an altarpiece in the chapel. A ship's carpenter helped him build it from old packing crates. It is believed to be the first ecclesiastical painting ever made in Antarctica.

 

Little America In Approaching Whiteout
Robert Charles Haun #15
Oil on canvas, 1956
88-192-O

 

Excess winds can cause a whiteout, a situation in which clouds are indistinguishable from the shadowless land. The ground loses all definition. Humans become not only disoriented but the windy chill makes frostbite more likely.

 

Little America
Robert Charles Haun #58
Watercolor & pencil on paper, 19 January 1956
88-192-BF

 

Study for 88-192-O (above).

 

Online Exhibits that feature Robert Charles Haun's work

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06 March 2003