Watercolor and Gouache on Paper

A ship helps bring in a balloon over rough seas.
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Charles John de Lacy
Watercolor and gouache on paper
English, 1874 (?)

Despite taunts from the crowd and considerable wind, Jules Duruof and his wife launched from the Place d'Armes, Calais, in July 1874. They were blown out to sea and presumed lost. This scene is their rescue from the North Sea by the crew of a British fishing boat, Grand Charge.

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