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BONESTELL, CHESLEY. STUDY FOR "ACROSS THE SPACE FRONTIER" DEPICTING THE ARISTILLUS AND AUTOLYCUS CRATERS, CIRCA 1950

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  • Study for "Across the Space Frontier" Depicting the Aristillus and Autolycus Craters, circa 1950 
Pen, ink, and lithographic pencil on scratch board, 12 by 14 ¾ inches (sight), signed "Chesley Bonestell" lower right. Captioning in pencil to back of frame in Hulda Bonestell's hand: "Large Crater, Aristillus | Small Crater, Autolycus | Seen from elevation of 5 Miles | Original study for p. 51 'Across the Space Frontier' owned by Brit. Interplanet. Society (1952) + Collier's Mag. March 22, 1952. Also Collier's magazine series 'Man Will Conquer Space Soon' (1951-52 approx)." Matted and framed to 20 ¾ by 23 ½ inches. 

Provenance

Ex Collection of Frederick C. Durant, III

Literature

EXHIBITED: Monterey Institute for Research in Astronomy, Monterey, October 1991.

Catalogue Note

The present drawing is a study for an illustration in "Across the Space Frontier" (New York: Viking Press, 1952). The published illustration featured the addition of a so-called "round-the-moon ship" hovering 50 miles above the lunar surface over the Aristillus and Autolycus craters with the caption: "The first trip to our moon will be without landing, in a ship designed to travel in space online, taking off near the Space Station and returning to it." 
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