The present work is an excellent example of the prints of Marguerite Montaut. In the image, she presents the viewer with a technical illustration of an airplane in profile flying above an expansive landscape with small figures. Such images were popular among technology enthusiasts during the turn of the century and she and her husband Ernest Montaut worked to fill the demand. This particular example shows the American aviator Glenn Curtiss, flying a Curtiss no. 2, as he took first prize in the 1909 Gordon Bennett competition in Reims, France.
Original lithograph, hand-colored by pochoir process, 1909
Signed 'Gamy' in the stone, lower right.
Entitled 'Coupe Gordon Bennett 1909 — Curtiss le gagnant' in the stone, lower right.
Publisher inscription 'Copyright 09 Mabileau et Co Paris' in the stone, lower left.
Overall good condition; minor scattered foxing and surface accretions on artwork; housed in a new frame.
Framed to conservation standards using archival materials: 100 percent rag silk-lined matting with 1/4 inch bevel, UV clear glass, and housed in a gold reverse ogee moulding.