Daguerreotype 1

View of Notre Dame, Paris, by N. M. P. Lerebours (1807-1873), c. 1840.

Lerebours, an optical instrument maker, quickly embraced photography in his business, and pioneered both the market in architectural and scenic Daguerreotypes, as well as their reproduction as engravings, as witnessed in his serial work Excursions Daguerriennes.

The plate size is 8.5 x 6.5 inches, the image is laterally reversed, and there is no gold toning - all characteristics of early Daguerreotypes from the period before portraiture became possible.

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