Fête du Sacre et Couronnement de Leurs Majestés Impériales. Vue de la Place de la Concorde, ornée des quatre Sailles de danse et du Piedestal élevé au milieu, àl'instant ou la fête commence par la distribution des Medailles, le départ des Chars r

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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

Medium

Print, Etching on Paper, Colored

Dimensions

2-D - Unframed (H x W): 38.1 × 53.3cm (15 × 21 in.)

Date

December 5, 1804

Physical Description

  • Hand-colored etching of a scene from coronation day at the Place de la Concorde. The scene depicts the launch of five unmanned balloons to celebrate the coronation of the Emperor Napoleon and the Empress Josephine, December 5, 1804.
  • Named the official aeronaut by Napoleon, André Jacques Garnerin launched the five balloons. The large balloon shown in this print, which carried a crown, remained aloft overnight, coming to earth the next day in Rome. The balloon struck the tomb of the tyrant Emperor Nero in landing, depositing part of the crown on the tomb. Outraged, Napoleon rescinded the honor bestowed on Garnerin, and named Sophie Blanchard aeronaut to the Emperor.
  • 'à Paris chez Bance, Md. d'Estampes, rue St. Denis. Déposé à la Bibliothéque Imple. Et chez l'Auteur, rue Chapon No. 1 Division de la Réunion.'

Type

ART-Prints, Original

Inventory Number

A20140642000

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