Brough Superior SS 100 by artist Norman Bean

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The Brough Superior SS 100 motorcycle was built from 1924 to 1939 at Nottingham, England. The 998cc 50 degree, over head valve V-twin was the “Rolls Royce of Motorcycles,” guaranteed to go 100 miles per hour off the showroom floor. This drawing depicts an SS 100 seen in Lucca, Italy at the Piazza Anfiteatro at the end of a Sunday run by the Club Balestrero VMC (Veteran Motor Car Association) in May, 2008. At the time, I was so focused on the details of this Classic Motorcycle that I failed to actually stand back and look at the whole vehicle. After seeing a video of Jay Leno and his 39 SS100 I realized that I'd seen a running example and had recorded enough information to create a drawing. This freehand drawing was created as an exercise in reflections. From the Italian Piazza background to the stone and chrome, everything we see is a function of reflected light.
"Brough Superior SS 100"
Norman Bean
$ 3500.

27" x 21" x 1"
Graphite on Paper
Drymount on Acid-free Foamboard
Framed with Museum Glass
7 lb
Created 2012
Id# 2017-10-17-024