James Sadler, English balloonist

James Sadler, English balloonist

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Caption: James Sadler (1751-1828), English balloonist and the first English aeronaut, though the Italian Vincenzo Lunardi made an earlier ascent in England. Sadler made his ascent on 4 October 1784, from Christ Church Meadow, Oxford, England. He made several other ascents, including one during a gale in 1811, and an attempt to cross the Irish Sea in 1812. Artwork published in 1812.

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