Balloon Ascension Near Harbor


Display Status:

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


c. 1850-1880

Inventory Number


Physical Description

  • Japanese woodcut print of balloon ascensions near a harbor. Right panel, one of three. This panel shows a large cart surrounded by a crowd of people in Western dress. This is almost certainly a second print (see A20140969000 through A20140971000) showing the scene in Philadelphia on July 14, 1860 when T.S.C. Lowe and William Paulin flew for the visiting Japanese Embassy. The large structure sitting on the wheeled vehicle may be the artist's interpretation of the enclosed basket of Lowe's Great Western balloon, which was being exhibited in Philadelphia at that time.
  • A20140975000 is the left panel of the scene, A20140976000 is the center panel.

Credit Line

Gift of the Norfolk Charitable Trust

Country of Origin



Print, Woodcut on Paper, Colored


2-D - Unframed (H x W): 36.8 × 24.8cm (14 1/2 × 9 3/4 in.)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

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


ART-Prints, Original

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