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Uncolored etching of the arrival of Louis XVIII in Paris, May 3, 1814. Scene of carriages and soldiers on horses crossing the Pont de Neuf with a balloon in the sky. The balloon is flown by Sophie Blanchard, "the official aeronaut of the Restoration." The King is in an open and ornate carriage at the end of the procession. 'á Paris chez Hocquart succ. De Basset rue St. Jacques No. 64.'
This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.