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Background imageFrench Collection: Balloon designs by Charles & Robert and Montgolfier

Balloon designs by Charles & Robert and Montgolfier
Balloon designs by Charles and Robert (1, 5) and the Montgolfier Brothers (2, 3, 4). No. 3 ascended from Versailles. No. 4 ascended from the Chateau de la Muette. No

Background imageFrench Collection: Blanchard balloon ascent, Rouen, France

Blanchard balloon ascent, Rouen, France
Third balloon ascent of Jean-Pierre Blanchard, with Mr Boby, from the old barracks at Rouen. They later descended on the Plaine de Puissanval. 18 July 1784

Background imageFrench Collection: Balloon descent, Beuvri near Bethune, France

Balloon descent, Beuvri near Bethune, France
View of the Plaine de Beuvri (or Beuvry) near the town of Bethune in Artois, north of Paris. Balloon descent by the Robert brothers and Colin Hullin near a windmill

Background imageFrench Collection: Sophie Blanchard in balloon ascent, Milan

Sophie Blanchard in balloon ascent, Milan
Sophie Blanchard (1778-1819), famous French aeronaut, in a night-time balloon ascent performed in Milan, Italy, in the presence of Napoleon, to mark his 42nd birthday. 15 August 1811

Background imageFrench Collection: Balloon being filled with gas

Balloon being filled with gas
Balloon in a yard, being filled with gas from a barrel in preparation for flight. late 18th century

Background imageFrench Collection: Garnerin descending in his parachute, Paris

Garnerin descending in his parachute, Paris
Garnerin descending in his parachute, with his discarded balloon on the left. Claimed to be the first to descend from a balloon by means of a parachute

Background imageFrench Collection: Map, Battle of Fleurus

Map, Battle of Fleurus
Map of the Battle of Fleurus - it was won by the French Army, with the first military use of a reconnaissance balloon. The hydrogen balloon L Entreprenant was used to pass messages to the ground

Background imageFrench Collection: Le Suffren balloon ascent, Nantes

Le Suffren balloon ascent, Nantes
View of the Le Suffren balloon ascending from the garden of the orphanage, Nantes, France. Including the equipment used to raise and fill it. 14 June 1784

Background imageFrench Collection: Montgolfier balloon

Montgolfier balloon, built in the garden of Jean-Baptiste Reveillon, Rue de Montreuil, Faubourg St Antoine, Paris, funded by the Academie Royale des Sciences. Depicted here being filled by gas

Background imageFrench Collection: Balloon ascent by Blanchard

Balloon ascent by Blanchard
Jean-Pierre Blanchards balloon, probably for the planned ascent from the Champ de Mars, Paris, 2 March 1784. A slightly fanciful representation of the balloon, parachute and carriage. circa 1784

Background imageFrench Collection: Balloon ascent over Lyons, France

Balloon ascent over Lyons, France
Balloon ascent over Lyons, containing Montgolfier the elder, Pilatre de Rosier, Prince Charles de Ligne, Le Comte de la Porte d Anglefort, Le Comte de Laurencin, Le Comte de Dampiere

Background imageFrench Collection: Montgolfier balloon, ascent over Lyons, France

Montgolfier balloon, ascent over Lyons, France
The Montgolfier balloon, Le Flesselle, which ascended over Lyons, France. 19 January 1784

Background imageFrench Collection: Early balloon design

Early balloon design, described as an aerostatic globe, with equipment to travel in the air by wind. A) The Vessel. B) Sails that are used according to the wind

Background imageFrench Collection: Balloon ascent by Blanchard, Champ de Mars, Paris

Balloon ascent by Blanchard, Champ de Mars, Paris
Balloon ascent by Jean-Pierre Blanchard from the Champ de Mars, Paris. 2 March 1784

Background imageFrench Collection: Blanchard and Jeffries crossing English Channel

Blanchard and Jeffries crossing English Channel
Jean-Pierre Blanchard and Dr John Jeffries crossing the English Channel by balloon. They left Dover, crossed the sea, and landed near Blanay, between Calais and Boulogne

Background imageFrench Collection: Balloon ascent, Champ de Mars, Paris

Balloon ascent, Champ de Mars, Paris
Balloon ascent by Montgolfier, d Anonai and Vivarais from the Champ de Mars, Paris. 27 August 1783

Background imageFrench Collection: Balloon ascent from Prairie de Nesle, northern France

Balloon ascent from Prairie de Nesle, northern France
Balloon ascent by M Charles from the Prairie de Nesle, northern France, where it had landed after taking off from the Tuileries Gardens, Paris, on 1 December 1783

Background imageFrench Collection: Balloon descent, Chateau de Beuvri, France

Balloon descent, Chateau de Beuvri, France
Balloon descent by the Robert brothers and Colin Hullin in front of the Chateau de Beuvry, near Bethune. They had ascended from the Tuileries Gardens, Paris, earlier the same day

Background imageFrench Collection: Balloon built at Versailles

Balloon built at Versailles
A balloon built at Versailles, France, and put on display there on a platform. It was 60 feet high and 40 feet in diameter, in blue and gold material

Background imageFrench Collection: Balloon descent, Prairie de Billancourt, France

Balloon descent, Prairie de Billancourt, France
View of Jean-Pierre Blanchards balloon, which ascended from the Champ de Mars, Paris, and landed on the Prairie de Billancourt (on the Haute-de-Seine) later the same day. 2 March 1784

Background imageFrench Collection: Festival for 14 July, Champs Elysees, Paris

Festival for 14 July, Champs Elysees, Paris

Background imageFrench Collection: Balloon ascent from St Cloud, Paris

Balloon ascent from St Cloud, Paris

Background imageFrench Collection: French park festivities with fireworks and balloon

French park festivities with fireworks and balloon

Background imageFrench Collection: Battle of Fleurus with balloon

Battle of Fleurus with balloon
The Battle of Fleurus, won by the French Army, with the first military use of a reconnaissance balloon. The hydrogen balloon L Entreprenant was used to pass messages to the ground while the French

Background imageFrench Collection: First balloon flight over the English Channel

First balloon flight over the English Channel, from Dover to the French coast, by Jean-Pierre Blanchard. Seen here is the balloon in flight between Calais and Boulogne, with a fisherman

Background imageFrench Collection: Balloon descent, Prairie de Nesle, France

Balloon descent, Prairie de Nesle, France
Balloon descent of Charles and Robert onto the Prairie de Nesle, northern France, surrounded by various witnesses, including an English gentleman, Mr Fares, who was the first to greet M Charles

Background imageFrench Collection: Montgolfier balloon in flight over Paris

Montgolfier balloon in flight over Paris
First manned balloon ascent, made in the presence of the Dauphin, from the Jardin de la Muette, Paris, under the direction of Montgolfier

Background imageFrench Collection: Balloon ascent from the Tuilieries Gardens, Paris

Balloon ascent from the Tuilieries Gardens, Paris
Second balloon ascent, made from the Tuileries Gardens by Charles and Robert, watched by a crowd of spectators. 1 December 1783

Background imageFrench Collection: Montgolfier balloon ascent, Versailles

Montgolfier balloon ascent, Versailles
Ascent of the Montgolfier balloon from Versailles, viewed by the King, the Royal Family and a large crowd of spectators. The balloon flew for eight minutes, then descended in the Bois de Vaucresson

Background imageFrench Collection: Montgolfier balloon in flight over Lyons, France

Montgolfier balloon in flight over Lyons, France
General view of Lyons, France, taken from the top of the Faubourg de la Guillotiere, showing the Montgolfier balloon Le Flesselle in flight above the city. 19 January 1784

Background imageFrench Collection: Air balloon of Charles and Robert, Paris

Air balloon of Charles and Robert, Paris
The air balloon of Charles and Robert, exhibited in Paris, from where they ascended from the Tuileries Gardens. 1 December 1783

Background imageFrench Collection: Balloon ascent from Tuileries Gardens, Paris

Balloon ascent from Tuileries Gardens, Paris
A balloon which ascended from the Tuileries Gardens, Paris, on either 27 August or 1 December 1783. If on the earlier date, it may have been released without passengers, as a test run. 1783

Background imageFrench Collection: Ornate balloon ascending, Paris

Ornate balloon ascending, Paris
A large, ornate Montgolfier balloon ascending over Paris, with two passengers (probably Andre Giroud de Villette and Jean-Francois Pilatre de Rozier). With people on the launch site below

Background imageFrench Collection: French Military Poster, WW1

French Military Poster, WW1
French military poster, colour photolithograph published by the British Library, 1981. Reproduces a French home front poster from World War One designed by Simay

Background imageFrench Collection: WW2 Poster -- Serve in Silence

WW2 Poster -- Serve in Silence
Serve in Silence. Se Taire C est Servir. Colour photolithograph, with a profile of Britannia against a Union Jack flag. 1940

Background imageFrench Collection: Balloon ascent, Garnerin and Locker

Balloon ascent, Garnerin and Locker
Balloon ascent of Garnerin and Locker from Lords Cricket Ground, London. 5 July 1802

Background imageFrench Collection: Satirical ballooning image

Satirical ballooning image
A rude satirical image of large and small balloons tied together, lifting a cannon, entitled The Montgolsier. A first rate of the French Aerial Navy. A Fart, an Ass, a Fool, A Monkey, a Nothing. 1783

Background imageFrench Collection: Montgolfier balloon, Champ de Mars, Paris

Montgolfier balloon, Champ de Mars, Paris
Montgolfiers air balloon above the Champ de Mars, Paris, watched by a large crowd. 27 August 1783

Background imageFrench Collection: Book cover, La Conquete de l Air

Book cover, La Conquete de l Air

Background imageFrench Collection: Satirical cartoon, An Aerial Excursion

Satirical cartoon, An Aerial Excursion, showing a thin Englishman and a plump Frenchwoman in a balloon, while the crowd on the ground makes rude comments in speech bubbles. 1802

Background imageFrench Collection: Imaginary view of a flying machine

Imaginary view of a flying machine
Imaginary front view of a Vaisseau Volant (flying machine), looking like a Faberge egg with green wings. 1780s

Background imageFrench Collection: The Battle of the Balloons

The Battle of the Balloons. A fanciful image depicting four balloons with flags and sails, their passengers in close aerial combat. The opponents appear to be British and French. circa 18th century

Background imageFrench Collection: Garnerin balloon with parachute

Garnerin balloon with parachute
Garnerins balloon with a parachute below, and a French flag waved from the cage. He ascended from North Audley Street, landing 10 minutes later in the parachute near St Pancras Church -- claimed to

Background imageFrench Collection: Return of a balloon, Paris

Return of a balloon, Paris
The ceremonial return of a balloon to Paris, with various people of distinction. Charles and Robert made the ascent from the Tuileries Gardens the previous day. 2 December 1783

Background imageFrench Collection: Spectators of balloon ascent, Paris

Spectators of balloon ascent, Paris
Aux Amateurs de Physique, Vue d Optique. An image of chaos as spectators try to get over the wall without a ticket, to watch the balloon ascent of Messrs Charles

Background imageFrench Collection: Hair at Saint Martin Theatre, Paris

Hair at Saint Martin Theatre, Paris
Exterior view of the Saint Martin Theatre in Paris, where a production of the musical Hair is taking place. 1970s

Background imageFrench Collection: Guernsey Airways Poster

Guernsey Airways Poster
Guernsey Airways Ltd, poster giving a stylised route map of flights from London and Southampton to Channel Islands, and Dinard on the French coast. 20th century

Background imageFrench Collection: Robert Brothers in balloon over the Tuileries, Paris

Robert Brothers in balloon over the Tuileries, Paris
The Robert Brothers and M. Collin-Hullin ascending in a large oval balloon from the Tuileries Gardens, Paris. 1784




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