The Tower and Preparation of the Fireworks, with the Balloon, in the Park, August 1st 1814

John Heaviside Clark (c.1771 - 1863)
Matthew Dubourg

Coloured aquatint

published 12 August 1814
  • About the work
    Location
    Country: France
    City: Paris
    Place: British Embassy

    This coloured engraving by Matthew Dubourg, made after an original work by John Heaviside Clark, shows the fortress in Green Park which was transformed from the Temple of Discorde into the Temple of Concorde, in honour of the Grand Jubilee celebrations on 1 August 1814. The Prince Regent (later King George IV) declared a Grand Jubilee in celebration of the recent victory over Napoleon and a centenary of Hanoverian rule.

    Sir William Congreve (1772-1828) devised a mechanism to enable the metamorphosis of the Temple of Discorde, which was revealed momentarily amid a cloud of fireworks. Whilst the fireworks display continued, English aeronaut Windham Sadler ascended in his balloon and dropped ‘favours’ and programmes to the crowd below. The print was published by Edward Orme on 12 August 1814.

  • About the artist
    Matthew Dubourg was a London-based aquatint engraver of sporting, military and topographical views, made after works by contemporary artists. He often collaborated with the draughtsman and aquatint engraver John Clark. Dubourg exhibited two miniature portraits at the Royal Academy in 1786 and 1797, when his address was 17 Duke Street, off Manchester Square. He later exhibited a ‘Scene near Vauxhall’ at the Academy in 1808, by which time he had moved to 22 East Street, Lambeth.
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  • Details
    Title
    The Tower and Preparation of the Fireworks, with the Balloon, in the Park, August 1st 1814
    Date
    published 12 August 1814
    Medium
    Coloured aquatint
    Dimensions
    height: 24.50 cm, width: 30.50 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from the Parker Gallery, December 1978
    GAC number
    14318