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c1908 Zeppelin over Bodensee Aviation Lithograph by E Montaut
  • c1908 Zeppelin over Bodensee Aviation Lithograph by E Montaut
  • c1908 Zeppelin over Bodensee Aviation Lithograph by E Montaut
  • c1908 Zeppelin over Bodensee Aviation Lithograph by E Montaut
  • c1908 Zeppelin over Bodensee Aviation Lithograph by E Montaut
  • c1908 Zeppelin over Bodensee Aviation Lithograph by E Montaut
  • c1908 Zeppelin over Bodensee Aviation Lithograph by E Montaut

c1908 Zeppelin over Bodensee Aviation Lithograph by E Montaut

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£680.00


Product Description

A beautiful and desirable early 20th century coloured lithograph of ‘ZEPPELIN’.

It shows the LZ4 Zeppelin Airship flying over a large body of water, with forts on the surrounding hills, which is Lake Constance or Bodensee. Similar period postcards are dated 1908. There is a vignette image of some storks. It is signed E Montaut. The picture is in near mint condition, without any foxing and has been recently mounted, framed and glazed. It is one of a dozen images that we have recently bought and are being listed on this site.

Ernest Montaut (1878–1909) was a French poster artist who died at an early age. He is credited with the invention of various artistic techniques, such as speed lines and distorting perspective by foreshortening to create the impression of speed. These techniques are still in use, today. Montaut's printmaking used the Pochoir process, in which the outlines for each image were drawn onto lithographic stones and printed. Using these uncoloured prints as a template, elaborate stencils were cut for each colour. Water-colour was then brushed onto the image through the stencil. The colouring process was quite complex, with each print taking several days to produce. It was also quite labour intensive, and the studio of Gamy-Montaut therefore employed a group of trained artists. This caused a significant variation of colours in the finished prints, making them individually unique. His wife Marguerite Montaut (1883-1936) was also an artist working in the studio, and produced several titles under her own name.

The Zeppelin was a type of rigid airship named after the German inventor Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin who pioneered rigid airship development at the beginning of the 20th century. The first potentially marketable Zeppelin, the LZ 4, was first flown on 20 June 1908. On 1 July it was flown over Switzerland to Zürich and then back to Lake Constance, covering 386 km and reaching an altitude of 795 m (2,600 ft). An attempt to complete the 24-hour trial flight ended when LZ 4 had to make a landing at Echterdingen near Stuttgart because of mechanical problems. During the stop, a storm tore the airship away from its moorings on the afternoon of 5 August 1908. It crashed into a tree, caught fire, and quickly burnt out. No one was seriously injured.

Size image: 55 x 24 cm (21 5/8 x 9 ½ inches)
Size frame: 73.5 x 43 x 1.5 cm (29 x 17 x 5/8 inches)
Weight: 2393 g

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