French School, Late 18th/Early 19th Century. In the manner of Joseph Vernet (1714-1789). Rare watercolour miniature depicting a hot air balloon launch in the countryside at Lyon France, with spectators looking on. Circular, 8 cms. (3 inches). The reverse, with inscription, “Ascention a Lyon” (Assension at Lyon). France was the first country to successfully launch a manned, hot air balloon...