Japanese scene with one man ascending with a balloon and another man descending in a parachute

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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

Artist

Credit Line

Gift of the Norfolk Charitable Trust

Medium

Print, Woodcut on Paper, Colored

Dimensions

  • 2-D - Unframed (H x W): 36.8 × 24.4cm (14 1/2 × 9 5/8 in.)
  • 2-D - In Frame (H x W x D): 53.3cm × 39.4cm × 3.8cm (21 × 15 1/2 × 1 1/2 in.)

Country of Origin

Japan

Date

c. 1870-1910

Physical Description

Japanese woodcut print of a humorous scene with a man ascending with a balloon and throwing pieces of paper on a man on the ground. A man in the background is descending with a parachute. The Japanese text identifies the aeronaut as "Spencer," almost certainly a reference to Percival Spencer (November 11, 1864-April 11, 1913), a British balloonist and parachutist who toured Asia in the late 19th century. Spencer was part of the third generation of a family of professional balloonists. He was the eldest son of Charles Green Spencer (1837–1880), who was the son of Edward Spencer (1799–1849). Edward Spencer, a solicitor, was a friend and trusted assistant of the noted balloonist Charles Green. Charles Spencer founded the balloon manufacturing firm of C. G. Spencer & Sons. Percival's siblings also followed the family profession. He and his brothers Arthur (1866–1940) and Stanley (1868–1906) were considered the leading authorities on ballooning.

Type

ART-Prints, Original

Inventory Number

A20140967000

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