Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Sheep, Duck and Cockerel : Aerial Pioneers

I wanted to paint a balloon.  Upon googling ‘hot air balloon’ I discovered that apparently the first ever passenger flight took place on September the 19th 1783, in Versailles.   A large crowd of about 130,000 people witnessed the event and among the guests were Louis XV1, Mary Antoinette and the French court.  The passengers suspended below a hot air balloon were- a sheep, a duck and a cockerel.  Why these particular animals were chosen, I don’t know.  The balloon flew for 2 miles, and the passengers returned to earth safely (but probably with a bump) 8 minutes later.  Here they are mid-flight wondering what’s going on…

36x28cm  Oil on Paper

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