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M. Bailly élu Maire de la Ville de Paris de 15 Juillet 1789 [...]
M. Bailly élu Maire de la Ville de Paris de 15 Juillet 1789 [...] Dédié et Presenté à Messeigneurs de l'assemblée Nationale, Par leur très humble et très Respectueux Serviteur Miger.
Dessiné par Boizot S.D.R. / Gravé par Miger
A Paris chez Miger graveur du Roi, Rue de 4 Vents, No. 5 en face de la rue de Tournon.
Etching, sheet 295 x 180mm (11½ x 7"). Trimmed inside platemark.
Jean-Sylvain Bailly (1736 1793), French astronomer and politician, and one of the leaders of the early part of the French Revolution. He served as the mayor of Paris from 1789 to 1791 and was ultimately guillotined during the Reign of Terror. As an astronomer, Bailly built an observatory in the Louvre and was noted for his computation of an orbit for Halley's Comet in 1759 and his study of Jupiter's moons He was elected to the Academy des Sciences in 1763 and befriended Franklin in Paris. Meanwhile, his antiquarian interests led to works on the history of astronomy and the origins of science (written in response to Voltaire's ideas on the subject), which gain him membership in the French Academy. Bailly's high public standing saw him made first President of the National Assembly- he stands above the crowd of deputies in David's famous painting 'the Tennis Court Oath'. However, his political authority had disappeared by the time he and Lafayette imposed martial law and had the national guard open fire on demonstrators on July 17 1791. Bailly resigned as mayor soon after but was later arrested and executed. His subsequent influence has been felt through his thesis about a Hyperborean Atlantis dating to before recorded history, which while mocked by Jules Verne in '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea', was incorporated by Madame Blavatsky into the mythos of Theosophy.
For 'The Tennis Court Oath' see ref. 6998
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Presage of the future greatness of Servius Tullus.
Presage of the future greatness of Servius Tullus. Pressage de la grandeur future de Servius Tullus.
Dessiné par Boizot. Gravé par B. Roger, dirigé par Copia.
Se vend à Paris à la Manufacture de Papiers peints, chez Arthur et Comp.e sur la Boulevard. [n.d. c.1800.]
Fine colour-printed stipple with large margins. 425 x 520mm (16¾ x 20½").
A scene from rhe life of Servius Tullius, the legendary sixth king of Rome, who reigned 578-535 BC. Born to a slave of King Tarquin's household, he became the king's protegé after several members of the royal household witnessed a nimbus of fire about his head while he slept, a sign of divine favour (as seen in this print). He married Tarquin's daughter and was made heir. A popular and reforming king, he reigned for 44 years until he was murdered by his treacherous daughter Tullia and son-in-law Tarquinius Superbus, who became the last king of Rome. Tarquinius Superbus's overthrow in 509 BC was the beginning of the Roman Republic, which was a popular subject for art in the early years of the French Republic. This print was engraved by Bathelémy Roger 'under the supervision of' Jacques Louis Copia, after Antoine Boizot.
Ex: Oettingen-Wallerstein collection.
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