Ballooning scenes on a fan, late 18th century.

Image number: 10304367

Ballooning scenes on a fan, late 18th century.

Ballooning scenes depicted on a fan made with light tortoiseshell carved sticks. The three painted panels illustrate: 'Ascension de Blanchard a Paris, 1784'; 'Experiences de M. M. Charles et Robert, 1783'; 'Ascension des Freres Robert 27 aout, 1783.' French aeronaut, Jean-Pierre Blanchard, with the American, Dr John Jeffries, made the first aerial crossing of the English Channel on 7 January 1785. The brothers Noel and Jean Robert, and Professor Jacques Charles, made the first manned hydrogen balloon flight on 1 December 1783.

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Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
Date taken:
20 October 2003 13:48
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Science Museum

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