Fowls of a Feather Flock together.


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: 26.7 × 20cm (10 1/2 × 7 7/8 in.)

Physical Description

  • Uncolored etching of seven men standing in a field with three balloons aloft in the background. Vincent Lunardi, right of center, is extending his hand to shake that of James Tytler, left of center. One small hot air balloon is up-ended and descending over head, trailing smoke. The hot air balloon on the left may represent Tytler's Edinburgh "fire balloon" of August 1784. The balloon to the right may reresent Lunardi's craft.
  • Handwritten note below the image identifies the men: '4. Lunardi and lovers of Aeronavigation. 1. John Mitchell 2. Unknown (the Catalogue of Engraved British Portraits Preserved in the Department of Prints and Drawings in the British Museum identifies this figure as John Neilson, and confirms the other identifications.) 3. James Tytler 5. Jos. Lulson [?] 6. John Spottiswood 7. Myles McPhail the caddy.'
  • The printed notation, "K. facit" lower left of image, is Latin for "K. made it."


ART-Prints, Original

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