Daguerreian Society

On this day (September 30) in the year 1848, the following brief text 
appeared in "The Daguerreotype: A Magazine of Foreign Literature and 
Science" (Boston) Vol. 2, No. 11, page 519.
- - - - - - - - - - - - -


  A convenient situation in the National Assembly has been placed at 
the disposal of some lithographic "artistes," [italics] to reproduce 
the 900 portraits of the representatives of the people from the 
daguerreotype.  The signature, date, and place of birth of every 
representative, will be at the bottom of these portraits.

* * * * * * * *
A note from Gary:
  This is the only daguerreian-related content I could find in this 
publication except for, of course, its name. Two volumes of the title 
were published by J. M. Whittemore of Boston beginning in 1847. Here 
are a few lines from the "Introduction" to Volume 1 (pp. 5-8):

        "THE DAGUERREOTYPE is, as the name imports, designed to
     reflect a faithful image of what is going on abroad in the
     great Republic of Letters; and, in order that this purpose
     may be accomplished, it will be our aim to make the several
     parts of which it shall consist combine together, and
     produce one harmonious whole...
        "We have already stated the principle by which we shall be
     guided in making our selections, and our name implies that we
     must portray every important feature.  No partial or sectarian
     views must govern our choice, and even opinions from which we
     dissent must (when not of irreligious or immoral tendency)
     often find place in our pages.  A painting may omit a blemish,
     or adapt a feature to the artist's fancy, but a reflected image
     must be faithful to its prototype."

Posted for your enjoyment.     Gary W. Ewer     

Return to: DagNews 1998

galleries society info what's new feedback
resources homepage search

Copyright 1995-2005, The Daguerreian Society -