Montgolfier in the Clouds Constructing of Air Balloons for the Grand Monarque


Display Status:

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


Print, Etching on Paper, Uncolored


  • Mat: 40.6 × 33cm (16 × 13 in.)
  • Unmatted: 34.9 × 24.6cm (13 3/4 × 9 11/16 in.)


March 2, 1784

Physical Description

  • Uncolored etching of a satiric image of Montgolfier seated among the clouds and smoking a bubble pipe. Text below Montgolfier written as though Montgolfier is speaking them, with the words in English but with a French accent. He is speaking of his grande invention of the hot air balloon and its benefits for his King and country.
  • 'Fourth Sketch. Published as the act directs March 2 1784 by S. Fores No. 3 Piccadilly---a Companion to this in a few days.'


ART-Prints, Original

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