Ballooning scene, late 18th century.

Image number: 10321756

Ballooning scene, late 18th century.

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 a 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:
13 January 2004 10:00
Image rights:
Science Museum

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