Wright biplane above the camp of Auvours, Belgium, 1908.
© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
American aviation pioneer Wilbur Wright (1867-1912) made a number of flights at Auvours in 1908, including one on 18 December during which he climbed to 115 metres, and one on 31 December which lasted for 2 hours 20 minutes. Chromolithograph by Ernest Montaut (1879-1909) entitled 'Wright au Camp d'Auvours'. Montaut and his wife, Marguerite (or Gamy), were the first artists to capture the Heroic Age of aviation and motor racing. They were receptive to innovations in transport and in technique. 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. She carried on producing pictures for Mabileau & Co after the death of her husband.