Printed broadside, 9.75 x 19.75 in., announcing a balloon ascent made by a "Mr. Green" at Cremorne Gardens, King's Road, Chelsea, on September 8, 1845. Cremorne Gardens, a twelve-acre Victorian pleasure garden, regularly hosted dancing, musical performances, variety shows, fireworks, and balloon ascents, though this event is noteworthy because of the balloon's two special passengers, a "Lady and Leopard." The leopard is described as a "Magnificent Animal, and so perfectly subdued in the presence of its Mistress. . . as to lay at the feet, or crouch on the lap, at bidding." A "grand evening fete" follows the ascent, including fireworks, a concert, and a ballet performance. With a short poem promoting Green's ballooning exploits, reading in part: "No Almanack or book of doom, / A prognostic supplies / Of Lady, Leopard, and Balloon, / Ascending to the Skies."
Provenance:Property from the Inventory of Rex Stark
Brittleness and toning, with areas of loss and discoloration.
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