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Colored etching of Charles and Robert's balloon ascending from the garden of the Thuilleries in December 1783. A crowd of spectators is on the ground. The multiple colors on the balloon is inaccurate. 'A. Sergene [illegible] sculp. Aqua forti 1783.' 'A Paris chez Tillard Graveur, Quai des Grands Augustins, Maison de M. Debure Fils Aîné, Libraire.'
First Free Flight in Gas Balloon
A crowd of spectators watch as Charles and Robert’s balloon ascends from the garden of the Tuileries. Hand-colored etching, French, 1784
This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.