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

On this day (August 2) in the year 1851, the following notice appeared in the "Boston Daily Evening Transcript": - - - - - - - - - - DAGUERRE. You may have heard by the last steamer of the death of Daguerre. He died at the age of 62, at the village of Petit Brie, a few miles from Paris. In early life he was a scene painter for the principal theatres of the capitol. Several of his scenes have never been equalled either before or since. An effect of moonlight, and one representing sunrise, are still kept in the memory of the theatre-goers of these days. The whole of the scenery for Aladdin, or the Wonderful Lamp, was the work of his brush. Some years after, he founded the Diorama in this city, which established him firmly as an artist but effected his pecuniary ruin. He then gave himself up to the solution of the great problem of fixing the images of the camera obscura. In this he succeeded, and gave to the world the art known as the Daguerreotype. His funeral was attended by nearly all the artistes attached to the various theatres, and the principal literary and scientific notabilities. -------------------------------------------------------------- 08-02-98

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