|Published as the Act directs, by C. Cooke No. 17 Paternoster Row Feby 5th 1790
|Image 323 x 195, Plate 350 x 213, Sheet 386 x 238 mm
A chart depicting hot air balloons and various items of ballooning equipment from the Royal Encyclopedia. The inclusion of Bellerophron riding the winged Pegasus adds some gravitas to the image. It cleverly links mankind's exploration into flight with the great achievements of the heroes of antiquity.
John Lodge (fl. 1754-1796) was a British print and mapmaker, trained by Thomas Jefferys (c.1719-1771) and active in London. He worked almost exclusively on commissions, producing individual maps for a variety of historical and geographical books, travel accounts, as well as magazines and periodicals. His maps are clear and finely engraved, with subtle decorations. He is not to be confused with his son, John Lodge the younger, who would become a printmaker in his own right, after studying with his father in 1785.
Condition: Foxing and time toning.