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Blanchard Collection

Blanchard: A Pioneer in the Skies From daring balloon ascents to groundbreaking achievements, Blanchard's name is etched in history

Background imageBlanchard Collection: The New Zealander, 1872. Creator: Gustave Doré

The New Zealander, 1872. Creator: Gustave Doré
The New Zealander, 1872. A figure sits on the banks of the River Thames contemplating the downfall of the city. From, " LONDON. A Pilgrimage" by Gustave Dore and Blanchard Jerrold

Background imageBlanchard Collection: The Devils Acre - Westminster, 1872. Creator: Gustave Doré

The Devils Acre - Westminster, 1872. Creator: Gustave Doré
The Devils Acre-Westminster, 1872. Devils Acre, a Victorian slum near Westminster Abbey had a high rate of mortality from diseases such as typhoid. From, " LONDON

Background imageBlanchard Collection: Sophie Blanchard in balloon ascent, Milan

Sophie Blanchard in balloon ascent, Milan
Sophie Blanchard (1778-1819), famous French aeronaut, in a night-time balloon ascent performed in Milan, Italy, in the presence of Napoleon, to mark his 42nd birthday. 15 August 1811

Background imageBlanchard Collection: Over London by Rail From Gustave Dore and Blanchard Jerrold London: A Pilgrimage London 1872

Over London by Rail From Gustave Dore and Blanchard Jerrold London: A Pilgrimage London 1872. Back view of typical 19th century London artisan terrace houses with washhouses

Background imageBlanchard Collection: Ludgate Hill, London, 1872

Ludgate Hill, London, 1872. A scene of traffic congestion, with a railway viaduct (centre), and the dome of St Pauls visible in the distance

Background imageBlanchard Collection: MAP: CHICAGO, 1874. Map of Chicago, Illinois, and its suburbs

MAP: CHICAGO, 1874. Map of Chicago, Illinois, and its suburbs. Line engraving, 1874, by Rufus Blanchard

Background imageBlanchard Collection: Grand Aerostatic Balloon, Little Chelsea

Grand Aerostatic Balloon, Little Chelsea
Grand Aerostatic Balloon ascending with Mr Blanchard from the Royal Military Academy, Little Chelsea, London. 16 October 1784

Background imageBlanchard Collection: Balloon ascent by Blanchard

Balloon ascent by Blanchard
Jean-Pierre Blanchards balloon, probably for the planned ascent from the Champ de Mars, Paris, 2 March 1784. A slightly fanciful representation of the balloon, parachute and carriage. circa 1784

Background imageBlanchard Collection: Blanchard and Jeffries crossing English Channel

Blanchard and Jeffries crossing English Channel
Jean-Pierre Blanchard and Dr John Jeffries crossing the English Channel by balloon. They left Dover, crossed the sea, and landed near Blanay, between Calais and Boulogne

Background imageBlanchard Collection: Limehouse Dock, 1872. Creator: Gustave Doré

Limehouse Dock, 1872. Creator: Gustave Doré
Limehouse Dock, 1872. Limehouse Dock in Tower Hamlets used by seagoing vessels to offload cargo to canal barges, for onward transport along the Regents Canal. From, " LONDON

Background imageBlanchard Collection: Jean Pierre Blanchard and a small dog ascend from the Walnut Street Prison yard in Philadelphia

Jean Pierre Blanchard and a small dog ascend from the Walnut Street Prison yard in Philadelphia for the first balloon
BALLOONING: US, 1793. Jean Pierre Blanchard and a small dog ascend from the Walnut Street Prison yard in Philadelphia for the first balloon flight in the United States, 9 January 1793. Wood engraving

Background imageBlanchard Collection: Blanchard Flies Channel

Blanchard Flies Channel
Jean-Pierre Blanchard and Dr John Jefferies are the first people to cross the English Channel by air : their flight from Dover ends in the forest of Guines, near Andres

Background imageBlanchard Collection: Blanchard Channel Cross

Blanchard Channel Cross
Jean-Pierre Blanchard and Dr John Jefferies are the first people to cross the English Channel by air : their flight from Dover ends in the forest of Guines, near Andres

Background imageBlanchard Collection: Warehouses in the city of London. From Gustave Dore and Blanchard Jerrold London

Warehouses in the city of London. From Gustave Dore and Blanchard Jerrold London: A Pilgrimage London 1872
540648 Warehouses in the city of London. From Gustave Dore and Blanchard Jerrold London: A Pilgrimage London 1872. by Dore, Gustave (1832-83); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageBlanchard Collection: Lambeth Gasworks, 19th century, engraving

Lambeth Gasworks, 19th century, engraving
530403 Lambeth Gasworks, 19th century, engraving; (add.info.: From Gustave Dore and Blanchard Jerrold London: A Pilgrimage, London, 1872)

Background imageBlanchard Collection: Whippet, basset hound, and hunting dog, Canis lupus familiaris

Whippet, basset hound, and hunting dog, Canis lupus familiaris. Handcoloured engraving on steel by Blanchard after a
FLO4597792 Whippet, basset hound, and hunting dog, Canis lupus familiaris. Handcoloured engraving on steel by Blanchard after a drawing by Janet Lange from Richard's "New Edition of

Background imageBlanchard Collection: Stallion, mare and foal, Equus ferus caballus. Handcoloured engraving on steel by Blanchard after

Stallion, mare and foal, Equus ferus caballus. Handcoloured engraving on steel by Blanchard after a drawing by Janet
FLO4597769 Stallion, mare and foal, Equus ferus caballus. Handcoloured engraving on steel by Blanchard after a drawing by Janet Lange from Richard's "New Edition of the Complete Works of

Background imageBlanchard Collection: Scripture Reader in a Night Shelter': Destitute men lying on the long communal bed slope in a

Scripture Reader in a Night Shelter': Destitute men lying on the long communal bed slope in a London night shelter
527823 Scripture Reader in a Night Shelter': Destitute men lying on the long communal bed slope in a London night shelter listening to the nightly reading from the Bible before the fish-tail gas

Background imageBlanchard Collection: The Workmen's Train'. From Gustave Dore and Blanchard Jerrold London: A Pilgrimage London 1872

The Workmen's Train'. From Gustave Dore and Blanchard Jerrold London: A Pilgrimage London 1872
531843 The Workmen's Train'. From Gustave Dore and Blanchard Jerrold London: A Pilgrimage London 1872. This picture shows steam trains at Gower Street station on the Metropolitan (underground)

Background imageBlanchard Collection: Wentworth Street, Whitechapel, the poor Jewish quarter of the city

Wentworth Street, Whitechapel, the poor Jewish quarter of the city: From Gustave Dore and Blanchard Jerrold London
532237 Wentworth Street, Whitechapel, the poor Jewish quarter of the city: From Gustave Dore and Blanchard Jerrold London: A Pilgrimage London 1872

Background imageBlanchard Collection: First balloon crossing of English Channel, 7 January 1785 by Jean-Pierre Blanchard, French inventor

First balloon crossing of English Channel, 7 January 1785 by Jean-Pierre Blanchard, French inventor
528362 First balloon crossing of English Channel, 7 January 1785 by Jean-Pierre Blanchard, French inventor, and American Dr John Jeffries from Dover to Guines, 2 hours 30 mins

Background imageBlanchard Collection: A City Thoroughfare': From Gustave Dore and Blanchard Jerrold London: A Pilgrimage London 1872

A City Thoroughfare': From Gustave Dore and Blanchard Jerrold London: A Pilgrimage London 1872
532234 A City Thoroughfare': From Gustave Dore and Blanchard Jerrold London: A Pilgrimage London 1872. Scene of chaotic traffic congestion with a London policeman trying to get vehicles moving

Background imageBlanchard Collection: Ludgate Hill': From Gustave Dore and Blanchard Jerrold London: A Pilgrimage London 1872

Ludgate Hill': From Gustave Dore and Blanchard Jerrold London: A Pilgrimage London 1872
532236 Ludgate Hill': From Gustave Dore and Blanchard Jerrold London: A Pilgrimage London 1872. Scene of traffic congestion, railway viaduct (centre), and dome of St Paul's

Background imageBlanchard Collection: Dudley Street, Seven Dials : From Gustave Dore and Blanchard Jerrold London

Dudley Street, Seven Dials : From Gustave Dore and Blanchard Jerrold London: A Pilgrimage London 1872
532240 Dudley Street, Seven Dials : From Gustave Dore and Blanchard Jerrold London: A Pilgrimage London 1872. Unkempt, dirty children play in the street while cab tries to drive through without

Background imageBlanchard Collection: Over London by Rail From Gustave Dore and Blanchard Jerrold London: A Pilgrimage London 1872

Over London by Rail From Gustave Dore and Blanchard Jerrold London: A Pilgrimage London 1872
538753 Over London by Rail From Gustave Dore and Blanchard Jerrold London: A Pilgrimage London 1872. Back view of typical 19th century London artisan terrace houses with washhouses

Background imageBlanchard Collection: The Angel and the Orphan, 1872. Creator: Gustave Doré

The Angel and the Orphan, 1872. Creator: Gustave Doré
The Angel and the Orphan, 1872. From, " LONDON. A Pilgrimage" by Gustave Dore and Blanchard Jerrold. [Grant and Co. 72-78, Turnmill Street, E.C. 1872]

Background imageBlanchard Collection: Dudley Street, Seven Dials, 1872. Creator: Gustave Doré

Dudley Street, Seven Dials, 1872. Creator: Gustave Doré
Dudley Street, Seven Dials, 1872. Busy street scene at the Seven Dials in Covent Garden. From, " LONDON. A Pilgrimage" by Gustave Dore and Blanchard Jerrold. [Grant and Co

Background imageBlanchard Collection: Beyoglu. Burial ground or Champs des Morts Barracks at Pera

Beyoglu. Burial ground or Champs des Morts Barracks at Pera
Ottoman Empire. Turkey. Beyoglu. Burial ground or Champs des Morts Barracks at Pera. Engraving by Lemaitre and Blanchard. Historia de Turquia by Joseph Marie Jouannin (1783-1844) and Jules Van Gaver

Background imageBlanchard Collection: Burial ground or Champs des Morts Barracks at Pera

Burial ground or Champs des Morts Barracks at Pera
Ottoman Empire. Turkey. Beyoglu. Burial ground or Champs des Morts Barracks at Pera. Engraving by Lemaitre and Blanchard. Historia de Turquia by Joseph Marie Jouannin (1783-1844) and Jules Van Gaver

Background imageBlanchard Collection: SAMUEL LAMAN BLANCHARD

SAMUEL LAMAN BLANCHARD English journalist and author, much liked and respected ; tragically, when his wife dies of illness, he will take his own life in a fit of delirium. Date: 1804 - 1845

Background imageBlanchard Collection: DDE-90027886

DDE-90027886
Fishing guide Will Blanchard fly fishing for steelhead trout, Oncorhynchus mykiss, Skeena River, Kispiox Valley, British Columbia Date: 06/09/2007

Background imageBlanchard Collection: Mark Blanchard

Mark Blanchard 100 Metres 18 July 1993 Date: 18 July 1993

Background imageBlanchard Collection: The Jester; Le Bouffon, 1868 (oil on canvas)

The Jester; Le Bouffon, 1868 (oil on canvas)
823620 The Jester; Le Bouffon, 1868 (oil on canvas) by Blanchard, Edouard-Theophile (1844-79); 146.5x241 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: The Jester; Le Bouffon)

Background imageBlanchard Collection: Still Life; Nature Morte, 1918 (oil on canvas)

Still Life; Nature Morte, 1918 (oil on canvas)
826245 Still Life; Nature Morte, 1918 (oil on canvas) by Blanchard, Maria (1881-1932); 55x38.1 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Still Life; Nature Morte. Maria Blanchard (1881-1932)

Background imageBlanchard Collection: Cartoon portrait, E L Blanchard, English writer

Cartoon portrait, E L Blanchard, English writer
Cartoon portrait, Pantomime - Edward Litt Laman Blanchard (1820-1889), English writer, dramatist and drama critic, best known for his Drury Lane pantomimes. 1880s

Background imageBlanchard Collection: Spearer mantis shrimp, Lysiosquillina maculata

Spearer mantis shrimp, Lysiosquillina maculata (Squilla maculata). Handcolored engraving by Fournier after an illustration by Blanchard from Charles d Orbignys Dictionnaire Universel d Histoire

Background imageBlanchard Collection: Tahitian prawn, Macrobrachium lar

Tahitian prawn, Macrobrachium lar (Palaemon ornatum). Handcolored engraving by Fournier after an illustration by Blanchard from Charles d Orbignys Dictionnaire Universel d Histoire Naturelle

Background imageBlanchard Collection: Blue swimming crab, Portunus (Portunus) pelagicus

Blue swimming crab, Portunus (Portunus) pelagicus. Handcolored engraving by Fournier after an illustration by Blanchard from Charles d Orbignys Dictionnaire Universel d Histoire Naturelle

Background imageBlanchard Collection: Fulgora species, South American lantern fly

Fulgora species, South American lantern fly
Species of South American lantern fly: Fulgora graciliceps 1; Fulgora laternaria 2 and Fulgora castresii 3. Handcolored engraving by Fournier after an illustration by Blanchard from Charles d

Background imageBlanchard Collection: Tacua speciosa cicada

Tacua speciosa cicada
Tacua speciosa (Cicada speciosa), species of cicada native to Southeast Asia. Handcolored engraving by Fournier after an illustration by Blanchard from Charles d Orbignys Dictionnaire Universel d

Background imageBlanchard Collection: Madagascan sunset moth, Chrysiridia rhipheus

Madagascan sunset moth, Chrysiridia rhipheus (Urania riphaeus). Handcolored engraving by Fournier after an illustration by Blanchard from Charles d Orbignys Dictionnaire Universel d Histoire

Background imageBlanchard Collection: Emperor moths

Emperor moths
Giant emperor moth, Saturnia pyri (Attacus pavonia major), and small emperor moth, Saturnia pavonia (Attacus pavonia minor)

Background imageBlanchard Collection: Rothschildia aurota moth (Attacus aurota)

Rothschildia aurota moth (Attacus aurota). Handcolored engraving by Fournier after an illustration by Blanchard from Charles d Orbignys Dictionnaire Universel d Histoire Naturelle

Background imageBlanchard Collection: Deaths head hawkmoth, six-spot burnet

Deaths head hawkmoth, six-spot burnet
Deaths head hawkmoth, Acherontia atropos, six-spot burnet, Zygaena filipendulae, and nine-spotted moth, Amata phegea. Handcolored engraving by Fournier after an illustration by Blanchard from Charles

Background imageBlanchard Collection: Eastern dobsonfly, Corydalus cornutus

Eastern dobsonfly, Corydalus cornutus. Handcolored engraving by Fournier after an illustration by Blanchard from Charles d Orbignys Dictionnaire Universel d Histoire Naturelle

Background imageBlanchard Collection: Titan stick insect, Acrophylla titan

Titan stick insect, Acrophylla titan
Titan stick insect or walking stick, Acrophylla titan (Cyphocrania titan). Handcolored engraving by Lebrun after an illustration by Blanchard from Charles d Orbignys Dictionnaire Universel d Histoire



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Blanchard: A Pioneer in the Skies From daring balloon ascents to groundbreaking achievements, Blanchard's name is etched in history. In 1793, Jean Pierre Blanchard and a small dog embarked on the first-ever balloon flight in the United States, soaring above Walnut Street Prison yard in Philadelphia. This courageous feat marked the beginning of an era filled with awe-inspiring aerial adventures. Blanchard's legacy continued to soar as he crossed the English Channel alongside Jeffries, defying gravity and capturing imaginations worldwide. Their triumphant journey showcased their unwavering determination and pushed boundaries that were once thought impossible. The enchantment of ballooning extended beyond Europe's borders. Sophie Blanchard took center stage during her balloon ascent in Milan, captivating audiences with her grace and fearlessness amidst the clouds. Her courage paved the way for future female aviators who dared to dream big. As Gustave Doré captured London's bustling streets from above, his illustrations immortalized Blanchard's grand aerostatic balloons floating gracefully over Ludgate Hill and Limehouse Dock. These mesmerizing images transported viewers into a world where ordinary people could touch the sky. Meanwhile, across the Atlantic Ocean, Rufus Blanchard meticulously mapped Chicago and its suburbs in 1874. Through his intricate engravings, he provided a glimpse into this rapidly expanding cityscape—a testament to human progress fueled by innovation. Blanchard became synonymous with adventure—an emblem of humanity's relentless pursuit of exploration. Whether it was ascending into unknown heights or traversing vast distances by rail or airship—his name echoed through time as a symbol of bravery and curiosity. In "The Devils Acre - Westminster" or "The New Zealander, " Gustave Doré masterfully depicted scenes that mirrored both reality and fantasy—where dreams collided with reality high above London’s rooftops. These ethereal illustrations remind us that within every person lies the potential to break free from earthly constraints and reach for the heavens.