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After the success of the Jacques Charles and the Robert brothers’ balloon, and the manned flight by the Montgolfier brothers' balloon Aerostat ‘Réveillon’ both in 1783; the concept of ballooning became exceptionally popular in the late 18th and 19th century. In 1836, the ‘Royal Vauxhall’ balloon which was used as a pleasure balloon in the London pleasure gardens (Vauxhall Gardens) was flown by the famous English balloonist Charles Green (31 January 1785 – 26 March 1870) who had made 200 ascents by 1835. Setting a major long distance record, the "Royal Vauxhall", flew overnight from Vauxhall Gardens to Weilburg in the Duchy of Nassau, Germany, a distance of 480 miles (770 km): this record was not broken until 1907. This advertisement for 1838 shows that the balloon was known two years later as the ‘Nassau balloon’. The illustration of the balloon is an ofgraveconcern original.


Accession of the Nassau Balloon. 1838

  • Recreation of titlepage with added historical elements. Printed on handmade paper resembling the look and feel of paper from the period the work was produced (8.5" x 11"), or textured watercolour paper (5"x7"). Printed with archival inks, and packaged in protective sheet and cardboard backing.


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