Model of a balloon in glass and metal, late 18th century.

Image number: 10321745

Model of a balloon in glass and metal, late 18th century.

From the Penn-Gaskell collection of 'ballooniana'. The balloon opens up to reveal four scent bottles. Public balloon ascents began to be held in pleasure gardens after the first successful balloon trips in Paris in 1783. These events attracted huge crowds and led to an explosion of 'ballooniana', or balloon art, expressed in paintings, prints and decorated ceramics as well as many other forms.

Image number:
10321745
Credit:
Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
Date taken:
20 October 2003 16:15
Image rights:
Science Museum
 

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