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Advertisement for the Royal Vauxhall gardens fete, including a balloon ascension by the famous balloonist Charles Green (31 January 1785 – 26 March 1870). 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). 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 dated 1842, shows Green was still publically ascending in the balloon at the Royal Vauxhall Gardens throughout the 1840’s, his last flight is recorded as 1852, by which time he had made 500 ascents in a balloon.


Vauxhall Gardens Balloon Accession. 1842

  • 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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