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Colored lithograph of the ascent of the Royal Nassau Balloon, piloted by Charles Green accompanied by Edward Spencer, from Vauxhall Gardens, July 24, 1837. The balloon is shown aloft over trees and buildings. Mr. Cocking's parachute is attached below the gondola, and he is waving from the basket. This is the left half of a larger page that had two lithographs side by side. It has at some point been cut in half to display the lithographs seperately. A20140528001 is the right half. 'The Sketch taken by Eyewitness.' 'London Published by William Follit Sidney, Leicester Square, & Reeves & Sons, Cheapside.'
On July 24, 1837, against his better judgement, Green carried Robert Cocking, a water colorist and would-be inventor, aloft, dangling beneath the balloon in order to test his parachute design. English, 1837
This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.