At the Louvre, in the Home of Bailly, the First Mayor of Paris
Up until at least 1783, Bailly lived in the Louvre, as a guard for the Crown’s paintings. However, he was above all, a famous astronomer. A Paris deputy in the Estates General, he presided over the session where the Tennis Court Oath was made on June 20, 1789. On July 15, 1789, he was proclaimed Mayor of Paris. Two days later, he welcomed Louis XVI to the Hôtel de Ville and presented him with a cockade, a revolutionary symbol. At the head of a city of 700,000 inhabitants, the Mayor of Paris thereby became a leading figure, likely to threaten the balance of power.
Cour Carrée (Square Court) of the Louvre, entrance on the rue de Rivoli