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

Two items today... On this day (November 5) in the year 1849, the following item appeared in "The Daily Chronotype" (Vol. 8., No. 17): - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - One of our fashionable daguerreotypers was called upon a few days since by a lady, to know if he could take daguerreotypes by imagination. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - (more) and in the November 1850 issue of "Holden's Dollar Magazine (page 696): Mr. Brady has published a lithograph portrait of Jenny Lind, executed by D'Avignon, from a Daguerreotype taken by Mr. B. The lithograph portraits of distinguished Americans, published by Brady and D'Avignon, have secured for these gentlemen a most enviable reputation, which this portrait of Jenny Lind will not injure, though it may not enhance. We regret that it does not give Jenny's happiest or best expression--perhaps a copy of a Daguerreotype could not. It gives an idea of strength of character, but the enthusiasm, the hearty sympathy, the soul which make the really ordinary face of Jenny Lind a face of extraordinary beauty when lit up from within, do not find their expression in this picture. ----------------------------------------------------------------- 11-05-96

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