Robert Cocking, aeronaut, 1837.
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Lithograph by Louisa Corbaux after J B Beech of Robert Cocking, aged 61, 'Who lost his Life at Lee in Kent, by a descent in his Parachute, from the Nasau Balloon, 24th July 1837. Cocking, together with Edward and Charles Green, ascended in the 'Nasau' at Vauxhall Gardens, London, where a large crowd had asembled to see the descent by parachute. The parachute failed, Green and Spencer survived but Cocking, aged 61 at the time, was killed. The parachute is also illustrated here. 'Published for the Benefit of his Widow'.