Oceanography The Official Magazine of
The Oceanography Society
Volume 29 Issue 04

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Volume 29, No. 4
Pages 170 - 177

The Fine Art of Exploration

Edith Widder
Article Abstract

Else Bostelmann was the artist who created the iconic imagery depicting William Beebe’s record-breaking bathysphere dives off Bermuda in the 1930s. Although she has been largely relegated to history’s footnotes, the discovery of a cache of her works and papers provides some new insights into her life and the part she played in the history of deep-sea exploration.


Widder, E. 2016. The fine art of exploration. Oceanography 29(4):170–177, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2016.86.


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