Watercolor. | Drawing shows Professor J.A.C. Charles reascending in balloon from the Nesle plain, France, on December 1, 1783, where he had landed shortly before, accompanied by Marie Noel Robert in a two hour journey from Paris. Robert, standing at left, is conversing with local vicars, who are signing a document attesting to the successful completion of the first manned gas balloon flight. (Source: A.G. Renstrom, LC staff, 1982-82)
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