FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat)  Etching

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1868,0808.5392

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FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat) Etching

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  • FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat)  Etching

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  • An elaborate and fantastic military (or naval) balloon, to which is attached a ship and other appendages, with letters referring to explanatory notes which are missing but have been supplied from an altered re-issue of 24 Feb. 1798 entitled 'The Grand Republican Balloon . . .'.<br/>The balloon is round and is crossed horizontally and diagonally by exterior galleries.   On its summit stands the British lion, crowned and holding an admiral's flag.  Round the equator of the balloon is a carved projecting gallery on which are tents and one or two men whose minute size shows the large scale of the balloon.  A single larger tent (right) is 'A Tent for the Inspector of the Cordage'; a row of smaller tents (left), 'Tents for the Aerial Navigators and Pumpers'. A feathered wing projects from each side of the balloon: 'small wings for Ornament'.  On the centre of the upper half of the balloon is a royal crown, with above it '2440' (cf. Mercier, 'L'An 2440, rêve, s'il en fût jamais', 1772) and be… (See Merlin record for full description)

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