Mr. Edward Spencer. Born May 8th. 1799.Who accompanied Mr. Charles Green, in that fatal Parachute experiment of Mr. Robert Cocking's July 24th. 1837, from Vauxhall Gardens.__ And has made Twenty seven ascents with Mr. Green, up to this date, August 24th. 1839. [Facsimilie signature.]
Published Aug 31st. 1839, by G.P. Harding, 69, Hercules Buildings, Lambeth.
Lithograph, on india. Sheet: 280 x 370mm, (11 x 14½") large margins.
A portrait of Edward Spencer (1799-1849) a balloonist who with his partner Charles Green (1785-1870) regularly ascended a balloon above Vauxhall Gardens, however, on July 24th 1837 they carried aloft a parachute designed by Richard Cocking (1776-1837) which was unfortunately poorly designed and too heavy so broke and Cocking was killed on impact. The balloon and parachute are depicted in the sky behind Spencer.
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