Place de la Concorde
On View In:
Gallery 314
Artist:   attributed to Pierre Antoine de Machy  
Title:   Place de la Concorde  
Date:   c. 1783  
Medium:   Oil on panel  
Dimensions:   15 3/4 x 24 1/2 in. (40.01 x 62.23 cm) (panel)  
Credit Line:   Gift of Russell A. Plimpton in memory of Lt. (jg) William Gardner White, U.S.N.R.  
Location:   Gallery 314  

On December 1, 1783, a crowd estimated at 400,000 people gathered to watch Jacques Charles and Aine Robert ascend in their hydrogen balloon. This painting records their historic flight from the Tuileries Gardens in Paris to the village of Nesle twenty-seven miles away - the longest hot-air balloon flight attempted up to that time.

Name:   de Machy, Pierre Antoine  
Nationality:   French  
Life Dates:   French, 1723 - 1807  

Object Description  
Classification:   Paintings  
Physical Description:   Place de la Concorde, seen from the left bank of the Seine. To commemorate one of the first balloon ascensions in Paris. Shows the beginning of the first manned hydrogen balloon flight from the Tuileries Garden, Paris to Nesle, a distance of twenty seven miles.  
Creation Place:   Europe, France, , ,  
Accession #:   45.22  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts