Mr. McQuire.On the 12th of May 1785 ascended in a balloon from Dublin and was driven out to sea, where he was picked up by a vessel almost perished and spend with swimming.
Etching with very large margins. 140 x 125mm (5½ x 5"). Uncut.
Portrait of Irish aeronaut Richard McGuire, a lieutenant in the 64th Staffordshire Regiment, with his balloon landing in the sea behind him. The first Irish balloon ascent was by Richard Crosbie in January 1785; when attempting another ascent on the 12th May he was unable to take off, so MacGuire offered himself as a substitute, thus becoming Ireland's second aviator. Despite his ignominious landing he was knighted by the Lord Lieutenant.
Ex Collection of the Hon. Christopher Lennox-Boyd. Dukes of Dorchester 14/4/11; Lot 44.
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