Balloon flight to the moon, 1784.
© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
Satirical engraving entitled 'Chevalier Mummguffier and the Marquis de Gull making an excursion to the moon in their new aerial vehicle'. This image makes fun of the succes of the Montgolfier balloons, which were often piloted by the Marquis D'Arlandes, and the fascination of the upper clases with ballooning. It shows two men, one carrying a parasol or umbrella, sitting in a gondola suspended from a balloon which is decorated with images of the moon and stars. They are watched from the ground by members of the aristocracy. Dimensions: 190mm x 170mm.