Apparatus for filling Mr. Lunardi's Balloon.
Etching, sheet 255 x 210mm (10 x 8¼"). Trimmed; creased; laid on conservation tissue.
The balloonist Vincenzo Lunardi (1759-1806) famously made the first balloon voyage in England on 15 September 1784, setting out from Moorfields in North London and descending 24 miles away near Ware in Hertfordshire. The event made Lunardi a celebrity and several account were published. This print illustrating the equipment used to fill the balloon was probably issued in Lunardi's own account, 'An Account of the First Aerial Voyage in England' (1784).
For a portrait of Lunardi see ref. 4392
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