'Grand Fete, St James' Park', London, 1 August 1814.
2 9 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 21cm

'Grand Fete, St James' Park', London, 1 August 1814.

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library


Monochrome print of the view from Queens Garden, with a balloon flying overhead. In the summer of 1814, the Prince Regent (and future King George IV) declared a Grand Jubilee in celebration of the recent victory over Napoleon and in honour of the centenary of Hanoverian rule. A picturesque yellow bridge topped with a seven-storey Chinese pagoda was erected over the Canal in St. James Park. A gala was also organised to mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Nile and parts of the battle were re-enacted by rowboats upon the canal. English aeronaut Windham Sadler ascended in a balloon which can be seen overhead, dropping favours to the crowd below. Dimensions: 387mm x 248mm.

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