The Ascent of the Aeiral Balloon


Display Status:

This object is on display in the Hangar Overlook at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

The Ascent of the Aeiral Balloon



Inventory Number


Physical Description

  • Uncolored etching of a crowd gathered in a town to watch the release of a balloon. The balloon has a basket tied to the bottom that contains a live sheep, rooster, and duck. Part of a pair with A20140402000. The balloon, a Montgolfier hot air vessel, is shown as a sealed gas balloon, and indication of the way in which an English engraver, who had never seen a balloon, imagined the scene.
  • 'Engraved for the European Magazine. Published Nov. 1st 1783 by J. Fielding, Pater Noster Row, Great Britain.'

Credit Line

Gift of the Norfolk Charitable Trust

Country of Origin

Great Britain


Print, Etching on Paper, Uncolored


  • 2-D - Unframed (H x W): 19.7cm × 13cm (7 3/4 in. × 5 1/8 in.)
  • 2-D - In Frame (H x W x D): 35.6cm × 29.2cm × 3.8cm (14 in. × 11 1/2 in. × 1 1/2 in.)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

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


ART-Prints, Original

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