The National Parachute or John Bull conducted to Plenty & Emancipation


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, Colored


  • Mat: 45.7 × 35.2cm (18 in. × 13 7/8 in.)
  • Unmatted: 37.8 × 27cm (14 7/8 × 10 5/8 in.)


July 10, 1802

Physical Description

  • Hand-colored etching of a political cartoon depicting two men aloft in a parachute. One of the men is identified as John Bull. Parts of the parachute are labeled 'Sinking Fund,' 'Hoop of National Security,' 'Compound Interest,' and 'Million pr. Annum at Interest.' Part of the clouds, labeled 'National Debt' is streaking down and grabbing the parachute. The British Isles are below with the English Flag and labeled 'Land of Emancipation.' Another political cartoon print, unrelated to ballooning, is on the reverse.
  • 'Published July 10th, 1802 by H. Humphrey, 27 St. James Street.'


ART-Prints, Original

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