Lot 110
[WW I, AVIATION]. Early photograph of a British Pilot

Estimate: $200 - $400

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About this Lot
[WWI] Unknown photographer. [AVIATION]. Early large photograph of a British Pilot and Bi-Plane

Offered by John Bale Books, LLC., for more details or shipping information please email: jbalebooks@gmail.com

Image is cut to fit the frame, curved at top, and measures approx. 19.5 x 11.5 inches in a 24 x 16 inch frame (widest points); original shaped plaster over wood frame with grain veneer, a few chips, with paper label and inked price stamp on back. Cardboard back panel (loose), which has nail bites and other wear, including some loss, protected the photograph but for a few small nicks or nail bites. Dust soiling, minor staining, as we found it, no attempt made to clean the image or backing. No glass.

 The photograph itself, a type of pigment print, it seems, has aged nicely, leaving small shadow pools that more or less frame the key details—pilot, engine and roundel, obscuring the background like devil’s fog.

Since it is gently worn we feel we must offer it AS IS.