View of the Ascent of Mr. Lunardi's Celebrated air Balloon from the Artillery Ground Septr. 15th 1784.


Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.


October 1784

Inventory Number


Physical Description

  • Uncolored etching of Lunardi's balloon ascending from the Artillery Ground on September 15, 1784. This was the first balloon flight in England, although James Tytler, who ascended from Edinburgh on August 25, 1784 was the first to fly in Great Britain. Scene shows balloon ascending above a crowd on the grounds. One of the oars has broken free, and is falling to the ground.
  • 'Published as the Act directs by J. Sewell Oct. 1, 1784.' 'T. Deeble Sc[ulpt.]'

Credit Line

Gift of the Norfolk Charitable Trust


Print, Etching on Paper, Uncolored


  • Mat: 35.6 × 27.9cm (14 × 11 in.)
  • Unmatted: 21.6 × 15.2cm (8 1/2 in. × 6 in.)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum


ART-Prints, Original

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