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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.
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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.
Original to Beauport, Sleeper-McCann House (Gloucester, Mass.),
Attributed to Gauci, Paul (Artist)
England or France
13 3/4 x 17 5/8 x 1 (HxWxD) (inches)
Gift of Constance McCann Betts, Helena Woolworth Guest and Frasier W. McCann
1825 (August 23, 1825 was the date of the ascent. The account was published in late 1825.)