A Consultation prior to the Aerial Voyage to Weilburgh, 1836

1 portrait of Thomas Monck Mason

A Consultation prior to the Aerial Voyage to Weilburgh, 1836, by John Hollins, circa 1836-1838 - NPG 4710 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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A Consultation prior to the Aerial Voyage to Weilburgh, 1836

by John Hollins
oil on canvas, circa 1836-1838
58 in. x 81 1/2 in. (1473 mm x 2064 mm)
Purchased, 1970
Primary Collection
NPG 4710


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  • John Hollins (1798-1855), Painter. Artist associated with 5 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.

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  • Charles Green (1785-1870), Balloonist. Sitter in 6 portraits.
  • John Hollins (1798-1855), Painter. Sitter in 1 portrait, Artist associated with 5 portraits.
  • Robert Hollond (1808-1877), Lawyer, balloonist and politician; MP for Hastings. Sitter in 2 portraits.
  • Sir William Milbourne James (1807-1881), Lord Justice of Appeal. Sitter in 4 portraits.
  • Thomas Monck Mason (1803-1889), Musician, writer and aeronaut. Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Walter Prideaux (1806-1889), Lawyer and poet. Sitter in 1 portrait.

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On 7 November 1836, Thomas Green, the celebrated balloonist, Thomas Monck Mason, the author of Aeronautica, and Robert Holland, the lawyer and MP, made an important voyage from London to Weilburg in the well-known Vauxhall balloon. The journey, a distance of about four hundred and eighty miles, took eighteen hours, a record not beaten for a voyage from England till 1907. Green, Mason and Holland appear in the portrait grouped together on the right as if discussing the intended voyage. On the left are Walter Prideaux and Sir William Milbourne James, lawyer friends of Holland who were interested in the project, and the artist John Hollins. The balloon, surrounded by figures, is seen in the distance.

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