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Mr. Sadler's Ascent with Capt. Paget. From the Mermaid Gardens, Hackney, August 12, 1811. Descended near Tilbury Fort, Essex.

ca. 1811 (made)
Place of origin

Print depicting James Sadler and Captain Paget ascending in a balloon over Hackney, with a crowd of people below.

Object details
Object type
Materials and techniques
coloured woodcut
Brief description
'Mr. Sadler's Ascent with Capt. Paget', coloured woodcut by an unknown artist, ca. 1811
Physical description
Print depicting James Sadler and Captain Paget ascending in a balloon over Hackney, with a crowd of people below.
  • Height: 4.25in
  • Width: 3.125in
Dimensions taken from departmental handlist.
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.
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Place depicted
Bibliographic reference
Taken from departmental handlist.
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Record createdJune 30, 2009
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