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Colored etching showing a man with torn clothing and a walking stick with a crumpled balloon tied to his back. Eight lines of verse printed below the image describing the man as a balloonist begging for money to pay for gas to fill his balloon. The figure is apparently a caricature of Vincenzo Lunardi. 'Pubd. 5. Sept. 1785 by T. Cornell Bruton Street.'
Etching, English, Late 18th century
This portrait of a down-on-his-luck aeronaut is assumed to be a caricature of Vincent Lunardi who travelled extensively with his balloon, though not usually carrying it on his back.
This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.