'The aerostatick Stage Balloon', 1783.
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Satirical hand-coloured etching by John Nicholson, also known as 'Hannibal Scratch', showing the upper clases seated in boxes around a balloon, as if at the theatre. The balloon, which has been filled with their vanity, is about to be burst by the mischievous figure on the right. Published by William Wells of Fleet Street, London on 23 December 1783. Dimensions (framed): 360mm x 253mm.