First Ascent of an Air Balloon in England

Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of Vincenzo Lunardi making the first air balloon ascent in England in 1784.  The picture shows Lunardi in the basket of his balloon accompanied by George Biggin and Madame Sage, all wearing formal 18th-century dress, but in fact Lunardi made the ascent alone, apart from a dog, a cat and a canary.

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