Andre Jacques Garnerin, French aeronaut, 1802.
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Engraving by Edward Hawke-Locker 'from a sketch made on their aerial voyage July 5th 1802'. Andre Jacques Garnerin (1769-1823) became a balloon inspector in the French Army in 1793. In Paris in 1797, he performed the first public exhibition of a parachute jump from a free-flying balloon, descending 3200 feet. He was the first aeronaut to parachute regularly. He often worked with his brother, Jean-Baptiste-Olivier Garnerin (1766- 1849). This portrait is framed by the French and British flags, a rope and anchor, and other tools of the trade such as a compas, a thermometer and a book on aeronautics.