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Maurice BRAMLEY

New Plymouth, New Zealand 1898 – Canberra, Australia 1975

  • Australia from mid-1920s

Charlie in orbit between 1950 and 1969 Place made: Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Materials & Technique: drawings, drawing in felt-tipped pen and black ink and black marker over black pencil Support: medium-weight smooth cream wove paper
Manufacturer's Mark: no manufacturer's mark.

Primary Insc: signed lower right within image in felt-tipped pen and black ink, 'Bramley'. not dated. Titled upper centre in black marker over black pencil, 'CHARLIE IN ORBIT'. inscribed lower right within image in black marker, 'BEFORE THE END OF THIS DECADE THREE AMERICAN / ASTRONAUTS WILL BLAST OFF FROM EARTH IN AN / APOLLO CAPSULE ON TOP OF A GIANT SATURN V / THREE-STAGE ROCKET ON ONE OF THE MOST / IMPORTANT AND CHALLENGING EXPLORATION / MISSIONS IN HISTORY - A JOURNEY TO THE / MOON. / THE ACTUAL LUNA FLIGHT WILL BE PRECEDED / BY OTHER RELATED MISSIONS WHICH ARE NEEDED / TO TEST THE ROCKETS AND REHEARSE THE / INCREDIBLY COMPLICATED OPERATION OF SENDING / A MAN MORE THAN 470,000 MILES TO THE MOON / AND BACK. THIS IS THE STORY OF ONE OF THE EARLIER MISSIONS INTO SPACE.'.
Secondary Insc: no inscriptions.
Tertiary Insc: no inscriptions.
Dimensions: image 40.4 h x 27.4 w cm sheet (irregular) 45.9 h x 32.5 w cm
Acknowledgement: Gift of Anna Eglitis 2014
Accession No: NGA 2014.1743
Provenance:
  • Gift to the National Gallery of Australia, from Anna Eglitis, Cairns, 2014.