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  The research archive of Gary W. Ewer regarding the history of the daguerreotype

On this day (January 5,) the following two items appeared in their respective publications: - - - - - - - - - - - - in the 1854 "California Farmer" (San Francisco): H. W. B R A D L E Y ' S N A T I O N A L D A G U E R R E A N G A L L E R Y, CORNER OF CLAY AND KEARNY STREETS, San Francisco, Cal. Importers and Dealers in the best qualities of Every Article required in the Business. Portraits, large or small equal to any in the world, taken at short notice. Also, the most improved STEREOSCOPIC PICTURES, a new and beautiful improvement in the art. 11m * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * in the 1841 "Boston Daily Evening Transcript": Daguerre's Dioramas. Among the exhibitions now open in our city, says the New York Times, there is not one more unique and beautiful than this. The Dioramas of Monsieur Daguerre, like all the conceptions of his extraordinary mind, are altogether original in their character. By means of some chemical composition or compositions, used either in the preparations of the canvas, or incorporated with the colors, he has produced a series of pictures which vary in their features according to the power and the quality of the light by which they are illuminated. In the view of Venice, for instance, you see the city first in the light of noon, without a single gondola on the canal and scarcely a human being visible. Evening succeeds, then night, and lo! As if by magic, lights appear at the windows of the magnificent edifices, gondolas throng on the water, groups of both sexes in masquerade, preceded by torches, are seen issuing from or entering the private mansions and hotels; the moon rises in the deep blue heavens, and the whole city is one scene of festive mirth. All these new features were invisible in the day scene and are all brought out by the peculiar disposition and quality of light. Still more wonderful changes are wrought by the same means in the tableaux of the "Interior of the Church St Etienne du Mont," Paris. We advise all who have not seen these magnificent pictures to visit the exhibition without delay. ----------------------------------------------------------------- 01-05-97

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