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London Bridge. The painting depicts a scene on the Thames with London Bridge in the middle ground. The mayor's barge can be seen to the right of the picture. The poster which is clearly discernible to the left of the centre reads: "VAUXHALL BY THE ...RAN GREEN Nassau Balloon THIS NIGHT." This refers to the balloonist Mr Green and the Nassau Balloon, constructed in 1836 and first named the Royal Vauxhall Balloon. After crossing the Channel in the same year it was renamed, The Nassau Balloon, after HRH the Duke of Nassau. The balloon ascended at Vauxhall intermittently from 1838 until 1841, which dates the painting to this period.
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