This event took place in the grounds of Foley House, at Portland Place in London, on 29 September 1784. The image shows the failed ascent of Englishman Allen Keegan's balloon. The balloon has caught on fire, causing the gantry to collapse. A group of men are shown trying to secure the balloon, watched by a crowd of onlookers. Published by Wyatt of Oxford Street, London, on 20 October 1784.
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