Ascent of Charles Green’s Nassau Balloon


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Ascent of Charles Green’s Nassau Balloon

Charming naive school oil on canvas depiction of the ascent of Charles Green’s Nassau Balloon from Cremorne House, Chelsea in 1845. Painter unknown, England circa 1850

This painting was originally offered for sale in 1936 part of a consignment of 12 ballooning pictures from the Rt. Hon. Kathleen, Countess of Drogheda at “Messrs. Christie, Manson & Woods at their great rooms 8 King Street, St. James’s Square, London, S.W. 1
(on Friday, November 27, 1936′ at one o’clock precisely) From the Illustrated London News 1845:

On Monday evening, Mr. Green made a very beautiful ascent in his monster Nassau Balloon, from the grounds of Cremorne House, Chelsea, which were crowded with company to witness the spectacle. There was on the occasion of this ascent some novelty to attract the spectators and to amuse them. In addition to Mr. Green, to Lord George Beresford, and an officer of the 1st Regiment of Life Guards, to one or two other gentlemen, and to Mrs. Green and another lady, there was amongst the “intrepid aeronauts” the celebrated Mr. Thomas Matthews, the Clown of Drury Lane Theatre, who immediately before the ascent favoured his companions in the car, and the thousands of persons who surrounded it, with the favourite ballad of “Hot Codlins.” Mr. Matthews was equipped in fall theatrical costume; the rest of the party in clothes more appropriate for an aerial trip. The ascent was a fine one; it took place shortly before 7 o’clock, the wind blowing lightly from the west.



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3details features fine & decorative antiques and paintings by British contemporary  artist Peter Woodward.

Peter studied painting and printmaking at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts & The (then titled) Philadelphia College of Art both in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, USA.

He’s been involved in the creative world since leaving Art college in 1987, selling paintings privately and commercially, mainly on commission.

In the early  1990’s he became involved in the antiques trade, his passion for fine & decorative antiques has made him a regular exhibitor at The Decorative fair in Battersea Park, Olympia & LAPADA Berkeley Square.

Peter has exhibited his paintings at various galleries in the UK and the USA. Up until 2010 he principally worked on commission for both private and commercial clients.

For over 25 years Peter has been producing Fine art paintings and murals for clients all over the world. Popular themes have included: Still life paintings, Murals and limited editions.

Whilst his training is in traditional oil painting and printmaking, much of his work in the period 2005 – 2010 was made up of part digital, part traditional media – designed on the mac and printed/transfer printed onto different surfaces including paper, canvas, wood and ceramic.

Peter’s experimentations with digital art have  brought him full circle and he now works in a more traditional manner. Still life is still his main output,

Based near Henley on Thames in Oxfordshire, England and also with a studio in France. He spends much of his time traveling between France and London.

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