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

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. - - - - - - - - - - - - - DAGUERREOTYPING. 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." -------------------------------------------------------------- 09-30-98

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