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The children gasped when they saw the Diana
  • Chesley K. Bonestell
    born: San Francisco, California, United States ; died: Carmel, California, United States ; active: United States
  • The children gasped when they saw the Diana, 1950
  • "Mr. Smith Goes to Venus," published in Coronet, March, 1950
  • Where object was made: United States
  • oil on board
  • Object Height/Width: 25.2 x 20.8 cm
    Object Height/Width: 9 15/16 x 8 3/16 in
    Mat Dimensions: 19 x 14 in
  • Gift of Esquire, Inc.
  • Not on display
  • 1980.1026

A painting of the Spaceport Diana as groups of people observe the site on an observation deck below. The space craft rests on scaffolding, which is secured into the side of a mountain. People mill about on the observation deck below. This painting appeared in an article titled, "Mr. Smith Goes to Venus," which was published in the March 1950 issue of the Coronet magazine.