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

On this day (July 13) in the year 1850, the following announcements and advertisement appeared in the "Cardiff and Merthyr Guardian" (Cardiff, Wales): - - - - - - - - - PHOTOGRAPHIC LIKENESSES--Mr. Jacquire [sic] who has been so eminently successful at Newport, has, we find, paid this town a visit. We counsel patrons who wish to have faithful unerring likenesses taken to lose no time in making their calls at his rooms, as he is, most unquestionably, one of the most successful artists of the age; and will at no distant day attain a European reputation. * * * * * * * * * DAGUERRE-PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAITS: TRUE TO NATURE. ______________________ M O N S I E U R J A C Q U I E R HAS the honour to announce, that in compliance with the request of several distinguished families in Glamorganshire, he has opened, for a short season, his P H O T O G R A P H I C R O O M S , at Miss E. JENKINS', Crockherbtown Cardiff, Where he respectfully solicits the visits of the Nobility, Gentry, and Public generally, to an inspection of Portraits taken upon the Photographic System, the accuracy of which cannot be questioned in the slightest degree, every lineament and expression of the features, and actual ap- pearance of the sitter, being as faithfully and exactly taken as could be represented in a mirror. The tedium of long sittings, under the old system of portrait painting, is here altogether obviated--a few mi- nutes only, being sufficient to obtain a portrait as true to Nature as Nature's self. The pleasing gratification of possessing the EXACT por- traiture of a beloved child, or children, wife, husband, father, mother, sister, brother, dear relative, or friend, in faithful and enduring colours, handsomely set in Morocco frames and glass, at prices coming within the reach of all classes, may be realized in a few minutes, through the agency of this unerring system of copying nature in her very mould and expression. MONS. JACQUIER will be happy to exhibit speci- mens of his art, and testimonials with which he has been honoured by the Nobility, Clergy, and Gentry of Chelten- ham, Bath, Bristol, Clifton, Newport, &c., &c., to those who may be pleased to favour his rooms with a visit. MINIATURES, OIL PAINTINGS, ENGRA- VINGS, and every description of still life reduced to the smallest scale in copies of the utmost exactness, on greatly- reduced terms. The Art taught and Apparatus supplied at moderate charge. Rooms open from Ten to Five; and each Commission executed in ten minutes. Cardiff, July 4th, 1850. With thanks to Stephen Rowson of Cardiff, South Wales, for this text. -------------------------------------------------------------- 07-16-97

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