Place de la Concorde, seen from the left bank of the Seine. Shows the beginning of the first manned hydrogen balloon flight from the Tuileries Garden, Paris to Nesle, a distance of twenty seven miles.

The Balloon Flight of Jacques Charles over the Place de la Concorde, Paris, c. 1783

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On December 1, 1783, a crowd estimated at 400,000 people gathered to watch Jacques Charles and Aine Robert ascend in their hydrogen balloon. This painting records their historic flight from the Tuileries Gardens in Paris to the village of Nesle twenty-seven miles away - the longest hot-air balloon flight attempted up to that time.

Details
Title
The Balloon Flight of Jacques Charles over the Place de la Concorde, Paris
Artist Life
1723 - 1807
Role
Artist
Accession Number
45.22
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Place de la Concorde, seen from the left bank of the Seine. Shows the beginning of the first manned hydrogen balloon flight from the Tuileries Garden, Paris to Nesle, a distance of twenty seven miles.