Dédié et Presenté à Messeigneurs de l'assemblée Nationale, Par leur très humble et très Respectueux Serviteur 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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