Montaut, E. (illus).
Paris. No date. 1909.
Color lithograph, matted, visible image approximately 32 1/2 x 16 3/4 inches. The lithograph was matted and framed in the 1980s, but will be removed from the frame for delivery. Visible image is very good; however, based on other prints framed at the same time and place, there is a toned line on the print along the mat window edge and brown adhesive paper tape along the edges of the sheet where the print was attached to the backing. The verso of the print is browned from the wood backing that was used in the frame. The lithograph could be deacidified and the tape removed; however as it stands it would display very well with the light brown line from matburn either covered or used as an accent line around the image. A particularly striking image of a speeding automobile, speeding biplane and speeding birds sandwiched in the narrow opening of a mountain pass. Ernest Montaut (1879-1909) and his atelier produced a series of striking lithographic posters documenting the excitement engendered by new developments at the turn of the twentieth century: automobiles, planes and dirigibles. This image is presented in an unusual vertical format. Item #51985