Vedrines flying his 'Borel' monoplane, c 1911.
© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
Coloured lithograph by Marguerite Montaut, showing French aviator Jules Vedrines (1881-1919) flying the monoplane, designed by Leon Morane, in which he won the 1911 Paris-Madrid air race. Vedrines is most famous for landing a plane on the roof of the Galeries Lafayette department store in Paris in 1919, 3 months before crashing to his death during a Paris-Rome flight on 21 April 1919. 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, printed and then hand-coloured.