A balloon in a rural landscape, with river and horsemen, late 18th century.

Image number: 10304340

A balloon in a rural landscape, with river and horsemen, late 18th century.

Painted lid of a wooden rectangular snuff box. Public balloon ascents began to be held in pleasure gardens after the first successful balloon trips in Paris during 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:
10304340
Credit:
Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
Date taken:
20 October 2003 13:48
Image rights:
Science Museum