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Godard's Montgolfier Balloon at Cremorne

 Digital Record
Identifier: VBI_000484


  • Creation: 1864 August 6

Conditions Governing Use

Access to the Theodore Newton Vail Collection of Aeronautical Images, Broadsides and Clippings is not authorization to publish. Separate written application for permission to publish must be made to the Institute Archives. Copyright of some items in this collection may be held by respective creators, not by the donor of the collection.

Biographical / Historical

Eugéne Godard was the father of Jules and Louis Godard who built Nadar's 'Géant' balloon. Godard's 'L'aigle' was a hot-air (Montgolfier) balloon more than twice the size of the 'Géant', with a 500,000 cubic feet capacity. Godard made two ascents from the Cremorne Gardens in this balloon, one which descended at Greenwich and the other at Walthamstow.

Language of Materials


Existence and Location of Originals

Box 22

Physical Description



2 pages; 41.0 x 28.3 cm

General Note

A page from the Illustrated London Times with an illustration showing Godard’s balloon 'L'Aigle' [The Eagle], just before ascending from Cremorne Gardens in London, in July 1864. A large crowd is gathered and men are holding the ropes tethering the balloon to the ground. An article about the event is on the verso.

General Note

Illustrated Times

Repository Details

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