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'The Late Hon Charles Stewart Rolls', English automobile manufacturer, 1919.

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Illustration by 'Spy' (Sir Leslie Ward) depiciting Charles Stewart Rolls (1877- 1912). Rolls (1877-1910) set up a busines selling French and Belgian cars, before going into partnership with Frederick Henry Royce (1863-1933) in 1904 to form the motor car and engine manufacturing company Rolls-Royce. In the same year, Rolls crosed the English Channel by hot air balloon. In June 1910 he made the first non-stop double channel crosing by aeroplane. He was killed in a plane crash a month later, the first Briton to die in that manner. Leslie Ward worked as an illustrator on 'Vanity Fair' for over forty years, he was knighted in 1918 and died in 1922.
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