Chesley Knight Bonestell, ‘URANUS TWO HOURS BEFORE ENCOUNTER ON FEBRUARY 1, 1984 (LAUNCH FROM EARTH JANUARY 29, 1979)...."’, Sotheby's

Oil on artist's board, 18 by 15 inches, signed "Chesley Bonestell" lower left, captioned in ink by Bonestell to verso "Uranus two hours before encounter on 1984 February 1 (launch from Earth 1979 Jan 29th). The spacecraft is 90,000 miles from the planet; because the axis of Uranus lies almost in the plane of its orbit, the spacecraft comes in over the pole." With additional notations to verso in pencil and black marker.

From the Catalogue:
An original illustration done for Beyond Jupiter: The Worlds of Tomorrow, a joint work by Bonestell and Arthur C. Clarke. In the tradition of the 1949 work The Conquest of Space by Willy Ley, Beyond Jupiter features the artwork of Bonestell alongside the text by Clarke to describe the historic voyages of Pioneers 10 and 11, before the two spacecrafts made their trips to the outer planets.
—Courtesy of Sotheby's

Published in: Arthur C Clarke & Chesley Bonestell, Beyond Jupiter: The Worlds of Tomorrow. Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1972, p 80 as figure 26; see McAleer, Sir Arthur C. Clarke: Odyssey of a Visionary: A Biography, chapter 22.

Ex Collection of Frederick C. Durant, III

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