Nansen’s Polar Exploration antique print published 1896. Original page from ‘The Illustrated London News’ published on 12th. September in 1896, with the caption ‘The Jackson-Harmsworth Polar Expedition. – “I am awfully glad to see you”: The meeting of Mr Jackson and Dr. Nansen in Franz Joseph Land.’
Fridtjof Wedel-Jarlsberg Nansen (10 October 1861 – 13 May 1930) was a Norwegian explorer, scientist, diplomat, humanitarian and Nobel Peace Prize laureate. In his youth he was a champion skier and ice skater. He led the team that made the first crossing of the Greenland interior in 1888, traversing the island on cross-country skis. He won international fame after reaching a record northern latitude of 86°14′ during his Fram expedition of 1893–1896. Although he retired from exploration after his return to Norway, his techniques of polar travel and his innovations in equipment and clothing influenced a generation of subsequent Arctic and Antarctic expeditions.