The Daguerreian Society

On this day (June 11) in the year 1853, the following appeared in the 
Illustrated News (New York): 

DAGUERREOTYPES -- M. M. LAWRENCE has removed from 203 to 381 Broadway, 
corner of White Street.  His New Gallery is one of the most extensive 
and beautiful in the city.  Having been built expressly for the 
business, it is adapted in all its arrangements for producing the most 
artistic and truthful likenessses.  On the walls of the reception room, 
are suspended the Daguerreotype likenesses of many of the magnates of 
the land, embracing more than 100 clergymen.  Pictures taken as well in 
cloudy as clear weather.
  Mr. LAWRENCE'S Daguerreotypes at the World's Fair, in London, were 
pronounced the best in the Exhibition, and received the award of the 
highest premium, the Prize Medal.

    The oak will wrestle with the storm,
       And every whirlwind dare,
    If in the earth its hold be firm,
       And all be vital there;
    So Yankee Art with flourish still --
       Like oaks in fertile ground,
    Let rivalry do what it will,
       While true its ROOT is found.
  Magnificent DAGUERREOTYPES, CRAYONS, CRYSTALLOTYPES, &c, taken in any 
weather--storm or shine--at ROOT'S great Premium Gallery, No.363 
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The following article accompanied a (nearly) half page wood-engraving on 
page 34 of the interior of "BRADY'S NEW DAGUERREOTYPE SALOON, NEW YORK." 

  It is well known to many of our readers that this art has been 
elevated to a higher point in this country than in the land of its 
discovery.  It has been attributed more to the brilliancy and clearness 
of our atmosphere, than to any merit possessed by our artists; but the 
assumption is false, as those of our artists who have visited Europe, 
carrying with them their own apparatus, made on this side of the 
Atlantic, have surpassed in their pictures the productions of any 
foreign artists.  The art of daguerreotyping is justly ranked among the 
greatest of modern discoveries.  Its rapid progress, its improvements, 
its convenience, and moderate cost, alike commend it to all classes. 
Great improvements have been made in the art in this country, and much 
credit is due to American artists for the excellence of their finer 
qualities of workmanship.  There is, however, many pretenders to the 
art, and it is only when we see an establishment well organized and 
scientifically conducted, that a true idea can be formed of the extent 
and importance of the business.  Among the most widely celebrated 
daguerrean artists of our own city, M. B. Brady has been long favorably 
distinguished, and we have frequently presented our readers with copies 
of his production.  The establishments of Mr. Brady occupy two large 
buildings, the old gallery, corner of Fulton street and Broadway, and 
the new gallery, No 359 Broadway, over Thompson's Saloon.  The latter 
gallery is apparently one of the most completely arranged daguerrean 
galleries in this country or in Europe.  The facilities for first-class 
pictures appear unrivalled; an additional building has been erected by 
which the reception room, ladies dressing-room, and operating rooms are 
on the same floor, being a desirable arrangement.  The ladies dressing-
room is fitted up with great taste, and its beauty and convenience will 
doubtless be appreciated by its fair visitors.  The reception saloon is 
furnished with richness and artistic taste.  A large collection of 
daguerreotypes of eminent characters adorn its walls, which are 
excellently executed, and well worth a visit from all who desire to 
witness American and European celebrities.  Both citizens and strangers 
will be pleased to observe the great progress of the art here displayed, 
and we cordially wish Mr. Brady every success in his new enterprise.  At 
the World's Fair, in London, we understand that Mr. Brady's 
daguerreotypes received a medal, and we doubt not that the American 
public will evince the same appreciation of American talent, by 
patronising one of the most extensive and superb daguerrean galleries in 
this country.
Posted for your enjoyment.      Gary W. Ewer       

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