Détails Géométriques de la Machine Aérostatique Élevée à Lyon, sous la conduite et par les soins de Monsieur Jos. Montgolfier le 19 Janv. 1784


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National Air and Space Museum

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

Credit Line

Gift of the Norfolk Charitable Trust


Print, Engraving on Paper, Uncolored


  • Mat: 31.8 × 41.3cm (12 1/2 × 16 1/4 in.)
  • Unmatted: 21.9 × 32.7cm (8 5/8 × 12 7/8 in.)


c. 1794

Physical Description

  • Uncolored engraving of a diagram of the large Montgolfier balloon, La Fleselle, that ascended at Lyon on January 19, 1784 with seven persons on board, including Joseph Montgolfier and Pilatre de Rozier. Jacques de Flesselles (1721-1789) served as Intendant of Lyon for twenty years (1764-1784). Fascinated by technology, he was involved in tests of an experimental steam boat and sponsored the flight of Le Flesselle. Overall diagram of the balloon in the center, with diagrams of various details on the sides. Detailed descriptions of the diagrams in French also included.
  • "Alyon, Chez Joubert fils, Graveyr et Md. d'Estampes, Gde. rue Merciere."


ART-Prints, Original

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