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French School, Hot Air Balloon At Lyon

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French School, Hot Air Balloon At Lyon
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. On November 21, 1783, in Annonay, France, the first manned flight was performed by Jean Francoise Pilatre de Rozier and Francois Laurent d’Arlandes on a balloon which had been built the previous year by the Montgolier brothers. This began a two century love affair with the hot air balloon. Miniatures and paintings of this subject are rare and desirable. The only recorded flight made by a Montgolier brothers balloon in Lyon was on the 19th January 1784. This miniature presumably records this event as the balloon in the painting is extremely similar to the one used in the original flight in 1783.

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