1785 Nov. Mr. Lunardi's first ascent from Edinburgh at Heriots Hospital Gardens and was greeted by many who saw him from the Calton Hill where this view is taken. He alighted safe in a field between Cupar and St. Andrews.


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This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

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National Air and Space Museum

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Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum


Credit Line

Gift of the Norfolk Charitable Trust


Painting, Watercolor on Paper


2-D - Unframed (H x W): 27.9 × 21.6cm (11 in. × 8 1/2 in.)

Physical Description

Watercolor painting of Lunardi’s November 1785 ascent from Edinburgh, as viewed from Calton Hill. People are watching and cheering from the ground below. Part of a set of 17 watercolors on early ballooning.



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