Bellanca Cruisair Senior 4-Place

000818
  • Author: Charles H. Hubbell
  • Date: 1949-55
  • Medium: Lithograph
  • Condition: Excellent
  • Inches: 13" x 15 1/2"
  • Centimeters: 33.33 x 39.74
  • Price: Sold
Description:

Air flight aviation prints created by artist Charles H. Hubbell for Thompson Products, Inc., a manufacturer of automotive and aircraft parts in Cleveland, Ohio.

Charles H. Hubbell was one of the most renowned commercial aviation artists in US history, with more than 500 paintings in his body of work. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, he entered the Naval Air Service during World War I. While stationed in Buffalo, New York, he redesigned airplanes at the Curtiss airplane factory. After the war he returned to Cleveland and graduated from the Cleveland School of Art, and he received a pilot's license in 1927. In 1934, Hubbell was commissioned by Fred Crawford, the chairman of Thompson Products, to paint past winners of the Thompson Trophy Air Race. This was the beginning of a long career as Thompson's free-lance artist, for whom he produced an annual illustrated calendar from 1937 to 1972.

Today many of his paintings are in the permanent collection of the Western Reserve Historical Society's Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum in Cleveland. (Referenced from The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History, published 18 July 1997).
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