A Messieurs Le Souscripteurs. Allarme Générale de Habitants de Gonesse, occafionée par la chûte du Ballon Aéroflatique de Mr. De Montgolfier.


Display Status:

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

Inventory Number


Physical Description

  • Colored etching of the landing of the first small hydrogen balloon in the village of Gonesse, August 27, 1783. The balloon is laying partially deflated on the ground, surrounded by an alarmed crowd with people attacking the balloon with stones, sticks, and pitchforks. Detailed description of the event in French below the scene. The title incorrectly identifies the balloon as a Montgolifier. Rather, it is the first small hydrogen balloon launched by J.A.C. Charles from the Champ de Mars.
  • 'Se vend à Paris chez Le Noir Md. Fournisseur des Estampes du Cabinet du Roi, demeurant au Louvre.'

Credit Line

Gift of the Norfolk Charitable Trust


Print, Etching on Paper, Colored


  • 2-D - Unframed (H x W): 28.3 × 38.1cm (11 1/8 in. × 15 in.)
  • 2-D - In Frame (H x W x D): 44.4cm × 53.3cm × 3.8cm (17 1/2 × 21 × 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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