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THE VERY FIRST MANNED CROSSING OF THE ENGLISH CHANNEL BY AIR⁣
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An uplifting scene to start the New Year, #OTD the first manned crossing of the #EnglishChannel by air, 7th January, 1785. This #stippleengraving by #ThomasRowlandson depicts the launch of the pioneering French balloonist, #JeanBlanchard (1753-1809), sponsored and accompanied by the American doctor and amateur meteorologist, Dr. John Jeffries (1744-1819), who thereby won the hotly contested race to achieve this feat just 14 months after the historic first balloon flight by the #MontgolfierBrothers in Paris (November 21st, 1783). Unlike their predecessors' balloon of hot air, that of Blanchard and Jeffries was filled with hydrogen. It took them a mere two and a half hours from the cliffs of Dover to the #ForêtDeGuines, just south of Calais, though they had been forced to jettison all their ballast, scientific equipment, anchor, oars and even most of their clothes to avoid ditching into the sea on more than one occasion. Jeffries had paid £700 for the opportunity to make this achievement possible, and for the privilege of participating. Blanchard, in turn, went on to make the very first flight by balloon in America, some ten years later. This plate was published in Hampstead and Covent Garden for the series 'Délices de la Grand Bretagne', by William Russell Birch in 1789.⁣
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#upupandaway #mybeautifulballoon #hotairballooning #ballooning #richardbranson #fineprints #stipple #stippleart #antiqueprints #antiqueprint #oldpictures
THE VERY FIRST MANNED CROSSING OF THE ENGLISH CHANNEL BY AIR⁣ ⁣ An uplifting scene to start the New Year, #OTD the first manned crossing of the #EnglishChannel by air, 7th January, 1785. This #stippleengraving by #ThomasRowlandson depicts the launch of the pioneering French balloonist, #JeanBlanchard (1753-1809), sponsored and accompanied by the American doctor and amateur meteorologist, Dr. John Jeffries (1744-1819), who thereby won the hotly contested race to achieve this feat just 14 months after the historic first balloon flight by the #MontgolfierBrothers in Paris (November 21st, 1783). Unlike their predecessors' balloon of hot air, that of Blanchard and Jeffries was filled with hydrogen. It took them a mere two and a half hours from the cliffs of Dover to the #ForêtDeGuines, just south of Calais, though they had been forced to jettison all their ballast, scientific equipment, anchor, oars and even most of their clothes to avoid ditching into the sea on more than one occasion. Jeffries had paid £700 for the opportunity to make this achievement possible, and for the privilege of participating. Blanchard, in turn, went on to make the very first flight by balloon in America, some ten years later. This plate was published in Hampstead and Covent Garden for the series 'Délices de la Grand Bretagne', by William Russell Birch in 1789.⁣ ⁣ Please click link in bio for more info.⁣ ⁣ #upupandaway #mybeautifulballoon #hotairballooning #ballooning #richardbranson #fineprints #stipple #stippleart #antiqueprints #antiqueprint #oldpictures