Man & Prop

An aquatint artwork today. Aviation seems to have only made the margins of fine art, like most forms of modern transport. Here’s an example which could almost be in a Renaissance collection.


Entitled Propeller, 1934, William Heaslip, Associated American Artists, etching and aquatint on paper, Smithsonian American Art Museum (link). Artistically, it’s an interesting composition. The aircraft in the background is roughly a DH.9, though by 1934 that was a pretty obsolete type, and the fixed pitch wooden propeller being replaced in America by the metal variable pitch type. All that is to say in 1934 this was a conservative rendering.

James Kightly, Vintage Aero Writer.

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