Hand-Colored Aquatint
ACKERMANN & CO. First Carriage, the "Ariel". London: Ackermann & Co. , 1843.
Hand-colored aquatint. Matted, framed and glazed. Sheet: 17 x 22 3/4 inches, 432 x 578 mm. Frame: 25 1/2 x 22 1/2 inches; 645 x 542 mm.

The bottom of the image reads "By permission of the patentees, this engraving of The First Carriage, The "Ariel", is respectfully inscribed to the directors of The Ariel Transit Company, by their obedient servants Ackermann & Co. London. Published March 28th 1843 by Ackermann & Co. 96 Strand"

In our research we have not been able to find another hand-color copy in this large size.

Framed in a black and gilt wooden frame. Some light soiling and scattered foxing to image. A few small tears to edges of sheet, but not visible while in the frame. This is the original print. (There have been many re-prints). Very good.

William Henson (1812-1888) patented his Aerial Steam Carriage in 1842. "Henson's design was logically conceived, if only on paper, and his aerial carriage was a plausible expression of what an airplane should be. The showy publicity brought ridicule to the Aerial Steam Transit Company, but it also called worldwide attention to the pursuit of mechanical flight and fixed the vision of an elegant flying machine upon the public mind. Though the tests with models were unsatisfactory, they were nonetheless, a serious attempt to fly a propeller-driven, engine-powered airplane. The concept of the Aerial Steam Carriage was a lasting stimulus to other inquiring minds." (Air Transportation, Robert M. Kane, 43).

HBS # 64986 $2,500