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Vincent Lunardi Esq.r
Vincent Lunardi Esq.r Secretary to the Neapolitan Ambassador and the first aerial Traveller in the English Atmosphere Sept.r 15th 1784.
Rd. Cosway. Deliniavt. F. Bartolozzi Sculpt.
Publish'd Octr. 5th 1784 by John Bell British Library Strand.
Stipple engraving sheet 220 x 180mm (8¾ x 7"). Time stained.
On September 15,1784, Vincent Lunardi, a young Italian, demonstrated the success of his French predecessors before a great multitude in London including the Prince of Wales and many eminent statesmen. In a hydrogen balloon, brightly decorated, Lunardi ascended with a dog, a cat, and a pigeon, and traveled 24 miles. His friend George Biggin had planned to accompany him, but the impatience of the crowd forced Lunardi to make the attempt before the bag was completely inflated. The British were immediately captivated by the fad of ballooning and Lunardi became the most sought after person in London.
DeV 865 III of IV.
[Ref: 61115]   £260.00   (£312.00 incl.VAT)
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[The Mail Coach in a Flood.]
[The Mail Coach in a Flood.]
[Painted by James Pollard. Engraved by F. Rosenberg.]
[London, Published Sep. 21, 1827, by John Watson, 7 Vere Street, Bond Street.
Fine & rare aquatint, proof before all letters, printed in colours and finished with exceptional hand colour. 335 x 445mm (13¼ x 17½"). Framed in a "fancy" Daniell frame.
A superb example of this coaching print, depicting a mail coach pushing through a flood. A measuring pole shows the depth of the water to be 2½ feet. One of a set of four plates of coaches in bad weather by James Pollard (1792-1867).
Siltzer p.217.
[Ref: 61204]   £380.00  
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