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Watercolor painting of Sadler's 1810 ascension from Bristol where he crashed into the sea and had to be rescued. Image shows Sadler and his balloon after the crash, with ships in the background coming to help. Part of a set of 17 watercolors on early ballooning.
James Sadler is rescued by a fisherman after being forced down in the water during an attempt to cross the Irish Sea on October 1, 1812.
Somers, Watercolor, English, 19th century
This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.