29 Aug. 1786 - Lunardi ascended at Kittlewell's Orchard behind York, Minster and descended in a cornfield, the people flocking to the spot he reascended fearing the damage done to the corn, and went out of sight. This drawing represents the ascension.


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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


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Gift of the Norfolk Charitable Trust


Painting, Watercolor on Paper


2-D - Unframed (H x W): 23.5 × 31.1cm (9 1/4 × 12 1/4 in.)

Physical Description

Watercolor painting of Lunardi reascending in the Royal Balloon after landing in a cornfield on August 29, 1786. He originally ascended that day from Kittlewell's Orchard behind York Minster cathedral, but reascended when he became worried the locals would be mad at him for damaging the corn. Part of a set of 17 watercolors on early ballooning.



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