A Paris chez Basset rue St. Jacques [n.d. c.1785].
Etching with sepia aqautint. 155 x 215mm. Light foxing.
Made the first manned free flight in history, accompanied by the Marquis d'Arlandes and died during an attempted crossing of the English Channel when his balloon, a combination hydrogen and hot air balloon, exploded on 15 June 1785. Thus, he and his companion, Pierre Romain, became the first known victims of an air crash. This print was issued shortly afterwards to commemorate his life.
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