Balloon ascent from large arena

#Picture Number LP233

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Victorian illustration to download showing the ascent of a richly-decorated balloon from a large arena, watched by a huge crowd. The three balloonists wave flags, while the crowd cheer and some wave their hats. This event took place at Batty’s Hippodrome, Kensington, London [see blog] in 1851. Mr Hampton and his two companions ascended in a balloon made in Dublin; it was decorated with depictions of Britannia and Hibernia, and inscribed ‘Erin go bragh’ (‘Ireland for ever’). They landed safely after a flight of two hours.