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View, France, Paris, Roller Coaster, Promenades Aeriennes, Garneray, Antique Print, 1817


[Ambroise-] Louis Garneray (1783-1857) (after)
Jean-Nicolas Lerouge (born c.1776) (engraver)
Promenades Aeriennes, Jardin Baujon. Honore de la Presence de La Majeste, le 2 Aout 1817
[The Aerial Walks, Baujon Garden, Honored by the Presence of Her Majesty, August 2, 1817]

Ch. Bance, Rue J.J. Rousseau, Paris: c. 1817
Hand-colored engraving
11.5 x 17.5 inches image, including text
13.25 x 19.75 inches, sheet

Picture of the Promenade Aeriennes, or Aerial Walks, one of the first rides resembling a modern roller coaster, which opened in Paris in 1817. It had two separate but continuous tracks. Riders embarked from the central tower along the two tracks which curved down on either side, and then ascended the central incline on parallel tracks. Its cars were locked onto the track and reached speeds of 40 mph.

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Louis Garneray (also known as Ambroise-Louis Garneray) led an unusual life — after being trained by his artist-father, he joined various French-lead sea expeditions, including one to chart the coast of Madagascar. Taken prisoner by the English in 1806, he spent the next eight years in prison ships in Portsmouth, but was able to learn English and earn a little money selling watercolors. Returning to France, he found aristocratic patrons for his marine, shipping, and port scenes, including a series of views of the coast of France. Associating with a group of artists including Vernet and Gericault, Garneray also met the future King Louis Philippe, who helped him obtain commissions after 1830. He is most renowned for his views of port cities of North and South America, including New York, Boston, Philadelphia, and Baltimore. Garneray published three popular autobiographies about his adventures.

Condition: Generally very good, with the usual light toning, soiling, wear, soft creases. Faint central vertical crease, probably where previously folded, possibly as issued.


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19th Century