Moyen infaillible de diriger les Ballons


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, Colored


  • Mat: 40.6 × 33cm (16 × 13 in.)
  • Unmatted: 37.9 × 28.3cm (14 15/16 × 11 1/8 in.)

Physical Description

  • Colored etching of a a comic character held aloft by a small balloon tied around his waist, which is tied to a pair of donkeys on the ground. The donkeys are pulling the balloon, while more clowns/jesters direct the donkeys and draw attention to the spectacle. Two verses in French below the image, around a small scene of cherubs and butterflies flying around a balloon decorated to look like the Earth. Part of a series.
  • "Se vend A Paris rue des Quatre-vents."


ART-Prints, Original

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