Edwardian lady air pilot, c 1912.
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Coloured lithograph by Rene Prejelan showing a woman flying a Bleriot-type monoplane. Prejelan was a French artist known for his humorous drawings, many of which appeared as postcards or in themed albums during the first two decades of the 20th century. He was also an aviator, and works such as his 'Croquis d'aviation' often combined an interest in flying with the portrayal of a fashionable young woman, dubbed 'la Beguinette'. This image reflects the pioneering cros-channel flight made by Louis Bleriot in 1909.