At caelum certe patet
- Creation: c.1826-1852
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46.7 x 31.6 cm
Image of balloon with “Inent-Green-le-co” visibly printed across it and carrying three men and a woman (one man is sitting on the rail above the basket). A fragment of a second line of printing is also visible below the first: "...elum certe patet...." Possibly part of a quote from Ovid's Metamorphoses, "At caelum certe patet; ibimus illac" [en: 'But the sky certainly lies open; we shall go that way']. One of the men and the woman are waving flags, and an anchor is suspended below the basket. Charles George Green is handwritten in the lower right corner.
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