Ballooning scene, 1780.

Image number: 10321746

Ballooning scene, 1780.

Ornamental plate from the Penn-Gaskell collection of 'ballooniana'. 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. This plate depicts the trial of a fanciful 'Navire Aerien' (aerial ship), in 1780.

Image number:
10321746
Credit:
Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
Date taken:
13 January 2004 10:00
Image rights:
Science Museum
 

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