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Montgolfier Ascent Air Balloon antique engraving 1783

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The Ascent and Descent of the Air Balloon (2)


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Antique sporting print


The Montgolfier brothers were the inventors of the first practical balloon. Joseph and Jacques Montgolfier, paper mill owners, were trying to float bags made of paper and fabric. When the brothers held a flame near the opening at the bottom, the bag (called a balon) expanded with hot air and floated upward. The Montgolfier brothers built a larger paper-lined silk balloon and demonstrated it on June 4, 1783, in the marketplace at Annonay. Their balloon (called a Montgolfiere) lifted 6,562 feet into the air. On September 19, 1783, in Versailles, a Montgolfiere hot air balloon carrying a sheep, a rooster, and a duck flew for eight minutes in front of Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette, and the French court. Engraved for the European Magazine.


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artist J Lodge (engraver)
method Copper line engravings
date 1783
size 190mm by 120mm (platemark)
SKU SP1276