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A View in the Neighborhood of Sevenoaks Selected by Mr. T. R. Jolliffe and Professor Cornillot for the Scene of their First Aerial Ascent

1942.4345 (RS35358)

Description

Framed etching of a crowd of people gathered around a hydrogen-filled balloon with rolling hills and fields in the distance. Professor Cornillot and Mr. Jolliffee stand in the foreground. Wood frame painted black with gilt edges. See files for biographical details on the pilots and additional information about the image.

Details

Label
Cornillot and Jolliffe ascended from a hill near Sevenoaks and the Village of Seal in Kent, England on August 23, 1825. The full version of the print carries an inscription (this version has been cut down to fit the frame) which reads, in part "Mr. P. Cornillot established the principle of sailing in a horizontal direction at any required point of elevation." The pair made two further ascents from St. John's Wood farm in 1826.
Maker
Attributed to Gauci, Paul (Artist)
Date
1825
August 23, 1825 was the date of the ascent. The account was published in late 1825.
Location of origin
England or France
Associated Building
Original to Beauport, Sleeper-McCann House (Gloucester, Mass.).
Material
paper (fiber product)
Object type
Art
Descriptive terms
etchings (prints)
paper (fiber product)
Print
Dimensions
13 3/4 x 17 5/8 x 1 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1942.4345
Credit Line
Gift of Constance McCann Betts, Helena Woolworth Guest and Frasier W. McCann
GUSN
57492

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