Raid Paris Boulogne, 1912 / Andre Beaumont sur Hydroaéroplane "Donnet-Leveque" hélice Levasseur réservoir inexplosible Brionne
Paris: Mabileau & Co., c. 1912. Hand-coloured pochoir print. Very good condition. Image size (including text): approximately 14 1/2 x 29 1/4 inches. Sheet size: approximately 17 3/4 x 35 1/4 inches.
Andre Beaumont in a Donnet-Leveque, one of 3 models built in 1912. The plane had a 27' central float and was controlled with warping ailerons. The wording also touts a non-explosive fuel tank by Brionne.
The Gamy-Montaut prints document various historical events in the early history of transportation, including Power Boat Racing, Motorcycle and Motor Car Racing, Motor Car Touring, Zeppelins and Tennis.
Having observed the rapidly growing interest in cars and racing during the early years of motor cars, Ernest Montaut produced his first motoring prints in the mid-1890's, and by 1897, his drawings were pictorial records of the many races in France. Montaut's work was extremely well received in the Paris of his day, being shown in the fashionable shops of the Rue de l'Opera and Rue de la Paix, as well as in the better galleries.
Marguerite Montaut, Ernest's wife, joined him in his work producing not only racing prints but also developing a fine series of aviation prints, commemorating such events as the first flights on the early European mail routes. While, Marguerite Montaut's works were occasionally signed "M. Montaut", she also used the name "Gamy", an anagram for Magy.
The Gamy-Montaut prints were all produced by the pochoir process. 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. The process was quite labour intensive and the studio of Gamy-Montaut employed a group of trained artists, including Nevil and Campion, to assist in the colouring.