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The design was assembled from contemporary prints depicting two separate balloon flights from Paris in 1783. One balloon landed in the village of Gonesse; frightened villagers mistook the ballon for a monster and called for an exorcism. The second flight, the first to carry human passengers (Nicolas Robert and Jacquest Charles), landed on the Nesles plain 22 miles from Paris, where it was met by a delegation of citizens. Printed in red on white cotton, seamed in the center; both selvedges present.

This is a textile from France. It is dated 1784 and we acquired it in 1961. Museum Purchase from Au Panier Fleuri Fund.

Its medium is

medium: cotton technique: copperplate printed on plain weave

Its dimensions are

Warp x Weft: 134.6 x 91.4 cm (53 x 36 in.) Repeat H: 100.3 cm (39 1/2 in.)

This object was produced by Oberkampf & Cie. and designed by Jean-Baptiste Marie Huet

This object was purchased from Amy Pleadwell and catalogued by Alice Baldwin Beer

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