Admission ticket for the balloon ascension of Vincenzo Lunardi on May 13, 1785.
This ticket will admit one person into the Armory House
1 admission ticket : engraving ; 7.5 x 12 cm
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View Rigaud's painting Captain Vincenzo Lunardi with his Assistant George Biggin, and Mrs. Letitia Anne Sage
"When Mr. Lunardi first ascended with his balloon from the Artillery Ground, it was the desire of Mr. [George] Biggin to accompany him; but the balloon was found incapable of carrying them both. He was a second time disappointed on the 13th of May, 1785, by reason of some mis-management and confusion that took place in the operation of filling Mr. Lunardi's balloon with inflammable air; the consequence of which was that Mr. Lunardi ascended alone, but soon after made a rapid descent, occasioned by the bursting of the balloon. On Wednesday the 29th of June, 1785, Mr. Biggin, in company with Mrs. [Letitia Anne] Sage, ascended from Mr. Arnold's Rotunda in St. George's-Fields. The sight was uncommonly grand, and afforded ample satisfaction to the numerous spectators. ..."--New London Magazine, October 1785, p. 178. A scene of Biggin, Sage, and Lunardi in the balloon is depicted in John Francis Rigaud's painting: Captain Vincenzo Lunardi with his Assistant George Biggin, and Mrs. Letitia Anne Sage, in a Balloon, oil on copper, 1785 (Yale Center for British Art, B1981.25.532). See link herewith.
Lunardi, Vincent, 1759-1806. | Biggin, George, 1760-1803. | Sage, L. A., Mrs. | Balloon ascensions -- History. | Balloons (Aircraft) | Ballooning -- History. | Amusements -- Great Britain -- 19th century. | Great Britain -- Social life and customs -- 19th century. | Lunardi, Vincent, 1759-1806. -- Letter to Sir T. Leake. | Leake, T., Sir. -- Letter from Vincent Lunardi.