The preservation of Sir Richard MacGwire

The preservation of Sir Richard MacGwire

“A young man being hauled out of the water by men in a fishing boat, one holding onto a pole he clutches, another supported by his companions, as he reaches out over the side of the boat to seize the drowning man’s jacket; with three gentlemen in a boat behind to right and a hot-air balloon sinking in the waves in the background; after Barralet.”–British Museum online catalogue.


  • Printmaker: Ward, William, 1766-1826, printmaker.
  • Title: The preservation of Sir Richard MacGwire [graphic] : who fell into the sea (by the descent of a balloon) off the coast of Ireland, on the 12th of May, 1785 / J.J. Barralet ad vivum delint. ; W. Ward sculpt.
  • Publication: [London] ; [Dublin] : Published as the act directs June 4th, 1787, by Thos. Milton, No. 40 Great Queen Street, Lincolns Inn Fields, London, and by J. James Barralet, in Dublin, [4 June 1787]

Catalog RecordĀ 

Drawer 787.06.04.02

Acquired June 2019