'Flying machine designed by M. de la Landelle' William Ballingall
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'Flying machine designed by M. de la Landelle'
Imaginary view of a steam-powered orthoptere (helicopter) design by the French author Guillaume Joseph Gabriel de la Landelle (1812-1886). Clockwork and other models of prototype helicopters were made by several individuals in France during the 1860s including by de la Landelle and Gustave de Ponton d'AmÃšcourt (1825-1888). These inventions are widely assumed to have inspired Jules Verne's 1886 novel Robur le conquÃšrant (Robur the Conqueror or The Clipper of the Clouds) Figure 112 from Animal locomotion or walking, swimming and, and flying, with a dissertation on aeronautics, by James Bell Pettigrew (Henry S.King & Co., London, 1873). James Bell Pettigrew (1832-1908) comparative anatomist, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1868.
Original: woodcut engraving. 1873
- Image reference: RS-10226
- The Royal Society
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