Vue Général de Lyon, Prise du Haut du Faubourg de la Guillotiere. Machine Aërostatique.


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: 50.8 × 40.6cm (20 × 16 in.)
  • Unmatted: 49.5 × 34.9cm (19 1/2 × 13 3/4 in.)

Physical Description

  • Uncolored etching of the balloon Le Flesselle aloft over Lyon, France on January 16, 1784. Figures can be seen in the gondola. Description of the scene below the image in French.
  • Jacques de Flesselles (1721-1789) served as Intendant of Lyon for twenty years (1764-1784). Fascinated by technology, he was involved in tests of an experimental steam boat and sponsored the flight of the great Montgolfier, Le Flesselle. He was shot and killed at the Hotel de Ville on July 14, 1789, while attempting to justify his years of service to the crown.
  • 'Se vend à Paris chez le Noir Md. Fournisseur du Cabinet des Estampes du Roi, Demeurent au Louvre.'


ART-Prints, Original

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