The Royal Vauxhall Nassau Balloon with Mr. Cocking's Parachute attached as they ascended from the Royal Gardens, Vauxhall, Monday July 24th 1837.
lithograph 290 x 475mm 11½ x 18¾". Creased in places tears on outer edge not effecting image, all over surface dust.
The famous balloon ascent in which Robert Cocking, a watercolourist with an amateur interest in science, tested his experimental parachute design. Cocking approached Charles Green and Edward Spencer, owners of the Royal Nassau balloon, an they agreed to pilot the balloon with Cocking's parachute attached. Cocking's parachute broke up before hitting the ground and Cocking was killed instantly. "The liberating Iron with the Rope attached The Iron with the Rope detached." Identifying additional drawings in title area. See reference number 12637.
for Cocking's descent see ref. 8235; for Edward Spencer see ref. 8194.
[Ref: 12657] £360.00