Model of a balloon in glas and metal, late 18th century.
© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
From the Penn-Gaskell collection of 'ballooniana'. The balloon opens up to reveal four scent bottles. Public balloon ascents began to be held in pleasure gardens after the first succesful balloon trips in Paris in 1783. These events attracted huge crowds and led to an explosion of 'ballooniana', or balloon art, expresed in paintings, prints and decorated ceramics as well as many other forms.