Ballooning scene, c 1785.

Image number: 10321754

Ballooning scene, c 1785.

A snuff box from the Penn-Gaskell collection of 'ballooniana'. The painted lid shows Dr Jacques Charles (1746-1823) and one of the Robert brothers in a balloon over woodland. 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.

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Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
Date taken:
20 October 2003 16:16
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Science Museum

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