Tour de Calais. Nouvelle Machine Aërostatique construite par M. Romain, par Ordre du Gouvernement, deftinée à faire le passage de France en Angleterre, conjointement avec M. Pilatre de Rozier.


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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.

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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: 45.7 × 35.6cm (18 × 14 in.)
  • Unmatted: 40.2 × 27.3cm (15 13/16 × 10 3/4 in.)

Physical Description

  • Uncolored etching of an opulently decorated balloon aloft over the French coastline. The balloon is the mixed hot air and hydrogen Roziere in which Pilatre de Rozier and Pierre Romaine died while attempting to cross the Channel from Boulogne-sur-Mer to England, June 15, 1785. The walls of the town are to the left of the image, where a crowd has gathered to watch the departure of the balloon. Ships and boats are on the choppy waters below the balloon.
  • 'Dessiné et gravé par Echard.' ' A Paris chez le Campíon Md. d'Estampes, au Vestibule du Chau. de Thuileries. Et chez les Campion freres, Mds. d'Estampes, rue S. Jacques, à la Ville de Rouen.'


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