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Number 5 in series,
(A large selection of other plates from series available)
The large plate depicts a large hot air balloon with a panel describing the image.
The plate has a panel which reads in Italian:-
1784 AEROSTATO DELL'ACCADEMIA DI DIGIONE CON A BORDO GUITTON E BERTRAND
(Rough translation 1784 BALLOON ACADEMY OF DIJON WITH ABOARD GUITTON AND BERTRAND)
This references the first free flight carrying a human occurred in Paris, France November 21, 1783. It was in a hot air balloon made of paper and silk made by the Montgolfier brothers. The balloon carried two men, Francois Pilatre de Rozier and Francois Laurent, Marquis of d 'Arlanders.
The name of the pattern comes from the first hot air ballooner. On the 21st November in 1784 a balloon made by two French brothers, Joseph and Etienne Montgolfier was launched from the centre of Paris and flew for a period of 20 minutes: It was the birth of hot air ballooning.
|External Height||10.00 inch||(25.40 cm)|