Gustave Doré, Catastrophe du Mont Cervin (1865). Mont Cervin, French appellation for the Matterhorn. Hadow, Croz, Hudson and Douglas fall to their deaths following the first successful ascent; the Taugwalder father and son and Whymper survive when the rope breaks under the weight of the four men. Doré represents the summit triumph here.
from Edward Whymper, Scrambles Amongst the Alps in the Years 1860-69 (1871): “… at this moment Mr. Hadow slipped, fell against him [Croz], and knocked him over. I heard one startled exclamation from Croz, then saw him and Mr. Hadow flying downwards; in another moment Hudson was dragged from his steps, and Lord F. Douglas immediately after him. All this was the work of a moment. Immediately we heard Croz’s exclamation, old Peter and I planted ourselves as firmly as the rocks would permit: the rope was taught between us, and the jerk came on us both as on one man. We held; but the rope broke midway between Taugwalder and Lord Francis Douglas. For a few seconds we saw our unfortunate companions sliding downwards on their backs, and spreading out their hands, endeavoring to save themselves. They passed from our sight uninjured, disappeared one by one, and fell from precipice to precipice on to the Matterhorngletscher below, a distance of nearly 4,000 feet in height. From the moment the rope broke it was impossible to help them. So perished our comrades!”