CHESLEY BONESTELL ORIGINAL ILLUSTRATION.
Original gouache on artist's board, image 5½ x 4 inches, inscribed below in pencil "Artificial satellite is 1000 miles above earth's surface and goes around the earth once in an hour and a half. Space ship is coming to another for refueling preparatory to human trip." Framed.
A Bonestell original, one of the illustrations to his article in Coronet magazine for June, 1949, entitled "Seven Future Wonders of the World." In a strange case of life mirroring art, Bonestell's "Space ship" closely resembles a North American X-15 rocket plane, the first flight of which was still a decade away. Published in The Art of Chesley Bonestell (2001, p 51).
- This is a preliminary study for the illustration that appeared in Coronet.