Balloon - Undated - Coloured engraving
This is a fine coloured engraving that shows some fireworks display and a hot - air balloon rising into the air ( Green park, London, August 1st, 1814 ).
||Presented under glass. Frame size ( 38 x 48 x 2.2 cm ). Dark beige mount ( outer edge : 33.7 x 43.6 cm - inner edge : 21.08 x 31 cm ). Advertising label on the back ( From John Gardner - PRINT SELLER - 34 Buckingham Gate - London S.W.1 - OLD PRINTS PURCHASED - Frames of All Descriptions ).
||21.08 x 31 cm ( probably larger than that )
||John Heaviside Clark and Matthew Dubourg
Coloured engraving by Matthew Dubourg after an original work by John H. Clark showing the fortress in Green Park ( London, England ) which was transformed from the Temple of Discorde into the Temple of Concorde, in honour of the Grand Jubilee celebrations on August 1st, 1814. The Prince Regent ( and future King George IV, 1762 - 1830 ) declared a Grand Jubilee in celebration of the recent victory over Napoleon and a centenary of Hanoverian rule. Sir William Congreve ( 1772 - 1828 ) devised a mechanism to enable the metamorphosis, which was revealed momentarily amid a cloud of fireworks. Whilst the fireworks display continued, English aeronaut Windham Sadler ( 1796 - 1824 ) ascended in his balloon and dropped favors and programmes to the crowd below.
( sources : SCIENCE & SOCIETY - PICTURE LIBRARY PRINTS, Wikipedia )
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