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Featured Framing Project - Hot Air Balloon

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The hot air balloon was an important invention for cartographers and mapmakers alike as it provided a new means of capturing a city or landscape from the air. To have a "Bird's Eye View" was an essential development in depicting the world and deepening humankind's understanding of it.

Montgolfier's Balloon, by John Wise is a hand-colored lithograph from 1850. Our Framing Director selected the elaborate gold frame to evoke the French flair for ornament. A pale mat was chosen as the foundation for French linework and a painted panel designed to emulate clouds. The linework is subtly shifted so that the balloon appears to be floating upward. 


Framed to conservation standards with archival materials.