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Testu Brisy's equestrian ascension, 1798.

Testu Brisy's equestrian ascension, 1798.
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actual image size: 32cm x 22cm


The cruel sport of equestrian balloon ascents was started by Testu Brisy in 1798 and quickly taken up by other aeronauts, who welcomed any new method of drawing a crowd. Illustration from 'Histoire des ballons et des aeronautes celebres: 1783-1800' (History of balloons and famous aeronauts), by Gaston Tisandier (1843-1899), published in 1887.

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