Lunardi's balloon, 1784

Lunardi's balloon, 1784

V320/0186 Rights Managed

Request low-res file

530 pixels on longest edge, unwatermarked

Request/Download high-res file

Uncompressed file size: 43.9MB

Downloadable file size: 2.6MB

Price image Pricing

Please login to use the price calculator


Caption: Lunardi's balloon. Historical artwork of the hydrogen balloon ascent made in England by the Italian Vincenzo Lunardi (1759-1806), on 15 September 1784, the first ever balloon ascent in the UK. On this ascent, Lunardi experimented with the use of oar-like devices for steering, but one of them broke (lower left). This ascent was made in front of a large crowd of around 100,000, including the Prince of Wales, at London's Royal Artillery Ground at Finsbury. Lunardi ascended high enough to rise above the clouds, and landed several kilometres north of London. Lunardi went on to make many more balloon flights in England, Scotland, Italy, Spain and Portugal. Artwork from Astra Castra (Hatton Turner, London, 1865).

Release details: Model release not required. Property release not required.

Keywords: 15 september 1784, 15/09/1784, 1700s, 1784, 1865, 18th century, adult, artwork, astra castra, aviation, aviation pioneer, aviator, balloon, ballooning, balloonist, britain, british, broken, caucasian, coloured, early, england, english, europe, european, falling, finsbury, first, flag, flight, flying, historical, history, history of flight, history of science, human, hydrogen balloon, illustration, in flight, in-flight, italian, london, male, man, oar, people, person, royal artillery ground, technological, technology, transport, transportation, turner, uk, united kingdom, unpowered flight, vincenzo lunardi, white

Licence fees: A licence fee will be charged for any media (low or high resolution) used in your project.