The fatal Descent of the Parachute by which Mr Cocking lost his life.
Lithograph. 230 x 160mm. Cut.
Robert Cocking (1776-1837) was a professional watercolour artist who was the first person to be killed in a parachute jump, using a parachute of his own design. The balloon shown in the image is Charles Green's famous Royal Nassau balloon (co-owned with Edward Spencer), from which Cocking jumped near Greenwich. His body was found in a field in Lee. Green and Spencer piloted the balloon that day, and survived.
for the ascent of the balloon see ref. 12657; for Edward Spencer see ref. 8194
[Ref: 8235] £160.00