Drawing, Study for a Mechanical Man
Kauffer understood the allure associated with the emerging field of civilian aviation. His friend Whitney Straight, a race car driver and pilot, partnered with Miles Aircraft to develop the sleek M.11 airplane. With a blurred propellor, the M.11 flies through Kauffer’s airbrushed clouds and signature space frame. A robotic “Shell Man” watches from the ground. Kauffer designed the playful mascot, which appeared regularly in Shell advertisements.
It is credited
Collection of Merrill C. Berman.
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Its dimensions are
H x W: 30.5 × 22.9 cm (12 × 9 in.)
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Underground Modernist: E. McKnight Kauffer.