Allarme Générale des Habitans de Gonesse Occasionée Parla Chûte du Ballon Aréostatique de Mr. de Mongolfier.


Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

Credit Line

Gift of the Norfolk Charitable Trust


Print, Etching on Paper, Colored


  • Mat (H x W): 40.6 × 50.8cm (16 × 20 in.)
  • Unmatted (H x W): 29.4 × 40cm (11 9/16 × 15 3/4 in.)

Physical Description

  • Hand-colored etching of the citizens of Gonesse attacking the Montgolfier balloon after it landed in their village. A number of the citizens are stabbing the balloon with pitchforks, while another is tying it to the back of a horse to drag it through the streets of the village. Having never seen a balloon before, the people of Gonesse thought the balloon was a monster and attacked it. The title of the print is at the top of the page and printed backwards, indicating that the print was meant to be viewed through a zograscope. Descriptions of the scene are below the image in French and German.
  • 'Collection des Profpects. Se vend à Augsbourg dans le Négoce comun de l'Acadenie Imperiale d'Empire des Arts liber aux avec Privilège de Sa Majesté Impèriale et avec Defense de n' en faire m d'vendre de Copies.'


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