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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Aviator Pioneer

This drypoint etching was completed after reading a historical biography documenting the incredible exploits of an early pioneer in aviation, Alberto Santos-Dumont. The book titled Wings of Madness by Paul Hoffman contains several detailed accounts of Dumont's flying experiences.

This etching includes a portrait of Dumont in his younger days as well as one of his experimental dirigibles named No. 9, Baladeuse which was the world's first personal flying machine.

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