The French artist and printmaker Jules Arnout traveled across Europe making bird’s eye views of the major cities and important civic events. He used a hot-air balloon to sketch each excursions aériennes and then, drew his balloon into the final scene. Arnout’s primary printer and publisher was Joseph Rose Lemercier (1803-1887), whose Paris firm specialized in lithographic printing. Together, they collaborated with publishers throughout Europe to distribute Arnout’s scenes.
In 1846, a thoroughbred named Pyrrhus, The First, won the Epson Derby, held each June in Surrey, England. Huge crowds traveled out from London to watch the race and enjoy a day in the country. For many years, Parliament would adjourn so its members could attend.
Other titles by Arnout include St. Cloud en ballon, vue prise de Boulogne; Fontainebleau en Ballon, vue prise au dessus du Gd. Quartier de Cavalerie; Orléans en Ballon, vue prise au dessus du Gd. Quartier de Cavalerie; Paris en Ballon, Vue prise au dessus de l’île St. Louis; Paris et ses forticications, vue prise au dessus du Mont Valérieux; Rouen en Ballon. Vue prise de la cote ste. Catherine; and Versailles en Ballon, vue prise au dessus du Gd. Quartier de Cavalerie; among many others.