Historical Notes: The Louvre and the Chateau des Tuilleries were at the center of may of Jefferson's social activities in Paris. On September 19, 1784, shortly after his arrival in the city, he witnessed from the Tuilleries gardens a manned hot-air balloon ascension. The gardens came to be a favorite spot for Jefferson, where he could sit on the parapet overlooking the Seine and admire his favorite building, Hotel de Salm. He attended more than twelve "concerts spirituels" held in the Tuilleries' "Salle de Machines." Here the Paris symphony presented works by French and Italian composers, performed by some of the most famous musicians of the day.
↑ Howard Rice, Thomas Jefferson's Paris (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1976), 27-28. Howard Rice suggests that the source for the Louvre engraving is Francois Blondel's L'architecture Francaise (1756). A similar engraving of the Tuilleries is in the 1752 edition of that work.