A ballooning scene on a fan, c 1783.

1784 in France

One fan, in gilt frame, with carved ivory sticks. Painted scene showing Charles and Robert balloon. ht 28cm opening to 51cm.

A ballooning scene depicted on a fan made with carved ivory sticks. The painted scene, in a gilt frame, shows a Charles and Robert balloon floating in the background, with a man and a woman large in the foreground. Jacques Charles was a French professor of physics who launched the first free ascent of an unmaned hydrogen-filled balloon on 27th August 1783. Later, he and Robert became the first men to be carried aloft in a hydrogen balloon (in free flight) on 1st December 1783.


Penn-Gaskell Collection
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hot-air balloons
Penn-Gaskell Collection

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