Revue du Général La Fayette d'une partie de la Garde Nationale Parisienne en presence de MM. les Deputés de la Fédération au Champs de Mars le 18 Juillet 1790, ou devoit s'enlever dans les airs un Ballon de 26 pieds de Diametre...
Uncolored etching of an aerial view of the Fête de la Fédération, the huge four day commemoration/feast on the Champ de Mars marking the first anniversary of the fall of the Bastille. The print indicates that the moment depicted is July 18, 1790, the last day of the event. It shows Lafayette reviewing the Garde National Parisienne in the presence of the Federation Deputies. A small sealed gas balloon is shown laying on the ground in the upper right quadrant. The legend indicates that an attempt to launch the balloon from inside the enclosure was unsuccessful. Members of the crowd carried it outside into the garden of the Ecole Militaire, and attempted to burn it, at which point it exploded and injured a number of people. Description in French below the scene.
Gift of the Norfolk Charitable Trust
Print, Etching on Paper, Uncolored
Mat: 33 × 40.6cm (13 × 16 in.)
Unmatted: 24.8 × 31.4cm (9 3/4 × 12 3/8 in.)
National Air and Space Museum
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