Balloon. [Sadler's Balloon at Dublin, October 1st, 1812.]


Display Status:

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

Data Source

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


Print, Etching on Paper, Uncolored


  • Mat: 30.5 × 25.4cm (12 × 10 in.)
  • Unmatted: 25.1 × 19.1cm (9 7/8 × 7 1/2 in.)

Physical Description

Uncolored etching of a a balloon aloft over a city with crowds below. Two figures are in the gondola waving flags. Handwriting in the margin identifies the scene as Sadler's balloon at Dublin on October 1, 1812. James Sadler (1753-1828) launched from Belvedere House, near Drumcondra, a suburb in Northwest Dublin, in an attempt to cross the Irish Sea. He was forced down in the water and almost drowned before rescue arrived.


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