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A view of the Balloon of Mr Sadler's

Print
21 August 1811 (published)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

Print depicting the balloon ascent by James Sadler from outside the Mermaid Tavern in Hackney. The print shows a crowd of spectators, many looking through telescopes or waving their hats. Some people have climbed trees, the church tower or onto the roofs of houses to get a better view. At the bottom right of the image is a woman selling prints of the balloon to commemorate the occasion; the balloon itself is visible above the crowd, with two figures waving flags.


Object details
Categories
Object type
Materials and techniques
etching
Brief description
'A view of the Balloon of Mr Sadler's', etching by an unknown artist, published by J. Pitts, London, 1811
Physical description
Print depicting the balloon ascent by James Sadler from outside the Mermaid Tavern in Hackney. The print shows a crowd of spectators, many looking through telescopes or waving their hats. Some people have climbed trees, the church tower or onto the roofs of houses to get a better view. At the bottom right of the image is a woman selling prints of the balloon to commemorate the occasion; the balloon itself is visible above the crowd, with two figures waving flags.
Dimensions
  • Height: 18in
  • Width: 14.5in
Dimensions taken from departmental handlist.
Marks and inscriptions
  • This balloon ascended with Mr Sadler and Captain Paget of the Royal Navy from the Mermaid Gardens at Hackney in Middlesex at three o'clock on monday afternoon August the 12th 1811 and descended in a field near Tilbury fort in Essex at twenty minutes past four o'clock.
  • Published Augt 21 1811 by J. Pitts No 1 Great St Andrew Street Seven Dials
Credit line
Given by the Hon. Arthur Villiers
Object history
This print records James Sadler's balloon flight to mark the birthday of George, Prince of Wales (later George IV) on 12th August 1811. He took off from the gardens of the Mermaid Tavern in Hackney, along with Captain Paget of the Royal Navy, who was a paying passenger, and landed near Tilbury Fort 73 minutes later.



This object was part of the John Edmund Gardner collection of topographical prints and drawings of London. After Gardner's death the collection passed to his son Edmund Thomas, but was sold to Edward Coates MP in 1910. The collection was sold again in 1923 after Coates' death, and was split between various institutions and private collectors. The portion connected with Hoxton, Homerton, Hackney and Bethnal Green was bought by the Hon. Arthur Villiers and donated to the Bethnal Green Museum.
Subjects depicted
Place depicted
Associations
Bibliographic reference
Taken from departmental handlist.
Collection
Accession number
E.4769-1923

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