Madam Blubber's Last Shift or The Aerostatic Dilly.


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: 40.6 × 33cm (16 × 13 in.)
  • Unmatted: 33.7 × 25.1cm (13 1/4 × 9 7/8 in.)


April 29, 1784

Physical Description

  • Uncolored etching of a caricature with satiric commentary and a political song. Top of the engraving shows a scene of a balloon made from Madam Blubber's skirt with two men in the gondola. They are aloft above a city with figures watching below. Each person has a speech bubble, including Madam Blubber. Below the scene are the lyrics to the political song, and a caption for the caricature.
  • 'Pub. April 29th 1784 by H. Humphreys Bond Street.'


ART-Prints, Original

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