The ascent of the Great Montgolfier Balloon,from the Royal Surrey Zoological Gardens, Thursday May 24th 1838.
Rare lithograph, sheet 350 x 215mm. 13¾ x 8½". Minor staining, with horizontal fold between image and inscription. Otherwise good.
A hot-air balloon flight in London using the design of the French brothers Joseph-Michel (1740-1810) and Jacques-Etienne (1745-1799) Montgolfier, whose balloon was used in the first manned free flight ascent on 21 November 1783. The Royal Surrey Gardens was a pleasure gardens in Kennington, London, slightly east of The Oval. The gardens were the grounds of the manor house of Walworth, and, as can be seen in this image, included a lake of about 3 acres. The site was acquired in 1831 by impresario Edward Cross to be the location of his new Surrey Zoological Gardens, using animals from his menagerie at Exeter Exchange, in competition with the new London Zoo in Regent's Park.
In the Museum of London, and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.
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