Artist: Severino Baraldi
Medium: Watercolour on Board
Size: 15" x 19" (370mm x 490mm)
Date: 1979This is the original Watercolour painting by Severino Baraldi.
Quirky illustration of the famous Montgolfier Brothers, Joseph-Michel (1740-1810) and Jacques-Étienne (1745-1799), pioneering balloon inventors. To the top are portraits of the Montgolfier Brothers, flanked by an illustration of the incident where Joseph-Michel, whilst gazing into a fire, had come to the conclusion that the smoke from the fire contained a gas that caused embers to rise (he called this gas, modestly, Montgolfier Gas).
He began to speculate whether or not this gas could levitate other things. Below this is an illustration of the reaction to their first experiment with flight, in December 1782. Their unmanned balloon flew for just over a mile and was destroyed by terrified locals upon its landing.
The next illustration shows the Montgolfiers demonstrating their balloon to a crowd of dignitaries from the Etats particulars, at Annonay, on 4th June 1783. Finally, the remaining illustration shows an airship. From Look and Learn no. 916, 11th August 1979.Severino Baraldi biography