Mrs Sage and Mr Biggin, English aerial travellers, 1785.
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Engravings by Thornton for the 'London Magazine'. Mrs Laetitia Sage and George Biggin enjoyed their first aerial voyage during Vincent Lunardi's (1759-1806) ascent of 29 June 1785. Impresed by her beauty, Lunardi asked Mrs Sage to accompany him on his flight. Unfortunately, the combined weight of Mrs Sage and the other two pasengers, George Biggin and Colonel Hastings, was too much for the balloon. Lunardi and Hastings agreed to stay behind, allowing Mrs Sage and Biggin to continue alone. Mrs Sage later published her experience as England's first female aeronaut. Biggin became a regular companion of Lunardi's and a popular aerial traveller. Published by A Hogg, 1 November 1785. Dimensions: 125mm x 187mm.