The first cros-Channel pasenger flight, 17 August 1910.
© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
Coloured lithograph by Marguerite Montaut showing John Moisant and his mechanic on their flight from Calais to Dover in a two-seater Bleriot monoplane. The picture shows the monoplane flying towards the Dover cliffs and is semi-vignetted with a portrait of the pilot. Ernest Montaut (1879-1909) and his wife, Marguerite, were the first artists to capture the 'Heroic Age' of aviation and motor racing. The Gamy-Montaut prints were produced by the pochoir proces, in which the outlines for each image were drawn onto lithographic stones and printed. The prints were then painstakingly coloured using individual colour stencils. Marguerite carried on producing pictures for Mabileau & Co after the death of her husband.