Uncolored etching of Major John Money standing on his submerged gondola and holding on to a balloon as he is dragged over the surface of the sea. His name is misspelled in the title.
On the afternoon of July 22, 1785, Major John Money (1752-1817), on half-pay from the 15th Light Dragoons, took off from the Ranleigh Gardens, Norwich, to raise money for the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital. A skilled horseman, he had made only one previous ascent from London in the British Balloon. By 6pm on the evening of the launch, he was seen crossing Lowestoft, unable to descend and heading out over the North Sea. The balloon descended as the air cooled, depositing Money in the water on the Long Shoals, a dangerous area for ships. He abandoned his basket and climbed onto the load ring of the balloon, keeping enough hydrogen in the envelope to keep him afloat. He was rescued by the lifesaving vessel Argus, out of Lowestoft, at midnight.
Before the ascent, he had served under Gen. John Burgoyne, was captured at Saratoga, and spent time as an American POW. Later during the Napoleonic Wars, he was commissioned as Major General serving with the rebel Austrian forces.
'Engraved by Owen, from a Drawing by Thurston, for the Gallery of Nature & Art.'
Illegible publication information below title, from duplicate print: 'London, Published by R.N. Rose, 45 Holborn Hill, May 1, 1820.'