Lot 8: Wright au Camp d’Auvours. 1908
November 18, 2012
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Description: Artist: ERNEST MONTAUT (1879-1909) Size: 34 3/8 x 16 1/2 in./87.2 x 42 cm Mabileau, Paris “Having captured the attention of the world during a single week of flying at Hunaudières, Wilbur shifted to a larger field at Camp d’Auvours, 11 kilometers east of Le Mans. An artillery testing ground, it had been his first choice as a flying field. Hunaudières, surrounded by trees, a grandstand and other obstacles, was selected only when French military authorities rejected a request for the use of Camp d’Auvours. Now, with every eye focused on Wilbur, the army relented. Wilbur made his first flight at Camp d’Auvours on August 21. The atmosphere was electric. The crowds grew so large that the local military commander was forced to introduce a ticket system. Wilbur was aloft every day, breaking records as soon as he set them. . . . Wilbur was the most celebrated figure in Europe. Crowned heads of state wired their congratulations and traveled to Camp d’Auvours to witness the miracle for themselves. Some days, Wilbur remarked to his family, ‘Princes and millionaires’ were ‘thick as fleas’ at the flying ground” (Crouch & Jakab, pp. 166 & 172).
Condition Report: B/ Slight foxing. P.
Dimensions: 34 3/8 x 16 1/2 in./87.2 x 42 cm
Artist or Maker: ERNEST MONTAUT (1879-1909)