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

On this day (August 7) the following items appeared in their respective publications: - - - - - - - - - - - - In the "Boston Daily Evening Transcript": LINES ON A DAGUERREOTYPE. Delicate pencillings of imprisoned light! Tracings imprinted with the finest care, Revealing to the eye an image bright Of that which seems to it most pure and fair. The softened graces of the lines that speak The gentle beauty of the rounded cheek; The faithful transcript of the thoughts that rise From the life's motion of deep-shaded eyes; A copy taken with a hand as slight As the smooth coloring of a floweret's light;-- Yet true and real, as when the flowerets look Down the smooth margin to the crystal brook. That this should be, and no trained flexile finger Guide the soft lines where Beauty's grace is placed; And the fair traits where mind and soul do linger Shine pencilled not by genius or by taste:-- 'Tis strange, indeed, that human art and skill Can bind the sunbeam to perform their will! * * * * * * * * * In the 1852 "New-York Daily Tribune" (Vol XII, No.3,527): LIFE'S FAC SIMILE.-- Why, this is life! The passing thought By the bright day beams has been caught; And, fixed upon the shining plate, You recognize its duplicate. From pictured lips there comes no sigh, No vision has the pictured eye; And yet those eyes are full of fire! Those lips seem parted to respire! The artist and his slave, the sun, From life have life's expression won; Each feature seems to speak, though mute, In the Daguerreotypes of ROOT. ROOT'S Gallery, No. 363 Broadway ----------------------------------------------------------------- 08-07-96

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