1839 Mr. Hampton ascended at Canterbury when the Balloon not being sufficiently buoyant the intrepid Hampton cut away the car to lighten the Balloon and he ascended standing on the hoop to which the ropes were attached and descended in safety.


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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

Restrictions & Rights

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): 23.8 × 29.5cm (9 3/8 × 11 5/8 in.)

Physical Description

Watercolor painting of Hampton's descent from his flight that began in Canterbury in 1839. When the balloon began to lose buoyancy, Hampton cut away the gondola, and is shown descending while standing on the hoop to which the ropes of the balloon attach. Part of a set of 17 watercolors on early ballooning.



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