'Modern Balooning (sic), or the newest phase of folly', 19th century.
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Colour engraving by George Cruikshank satirising the lunatic obsesion with ballooning in the 19th century. A donkey, or as, is shown sitting on a horse which has been harnesed to a balloon. He is seen waving a flag at a crowd of other ases below, who crane their heads to watch. The cruel sport of equestrian ascents was started by Testu Brisy in 1798 and quickly taken up by other aeronauts, who welcomed any new method of drawing a crowd.