18 de Julho
THE LITERARY GAZETTE AND JOURNAL OF BELLES LETTRES, ARTS, SCIENCES
London, Saturday, July, 18, 1839
On Sunday last, M. Daguerre exhibited several productions of the Daguerrotype in one of the halls of the Chamber of Deputies. There where views of three of the streets of Paris, of the interior of M. Daguerre’s studio and of a group of busts from the Musée des Antiques. The extraordinary minuteness of such multiplied details as was shown in the street views, particularly in that of the Pont Marie, was much admired. The slightest accidental effects of the sun, or boats, the merchandise on the banks of the river, the most delicate objects, the small pebbles under the water, and the different degrees of transparency which they imparted to it, - every thing was reproduced with incredible exactness. The astonishment was, however, gratly increased when, on applying the microscope, an immense quantity of details, of such extreme fineness that the best sight could not seize them with the naked eye, were discovered, and principally among the foliageof the threes. In the view of the studio, all the folds in the draping, and the effects of light and shade produced by them, were rendered with wonderful tuth. The head of Homer, which is the principal figure in the picture (representing many ancient subjects), retained a very fine character, and not one of the beauties in the sculpture was lost in this reproduction, notwithstanding the difference in the size, which is considerable. The preparation on which the light acts by M. Daguerre’s process is spread on a copper plate. All the pictures exhibited in the Chamber were nine or ten inches in height, and six or seven in breadth. The value of a copy of this size is fixed by M. Daguerre at three francs and a half; and he calculates that the apparatus necessary to produce pictures of these dimensions would cost about four hundred francs in the first instance, but has no doubt that the perfection of the method of fabrication would soon reduce this price in a sensible manner. – The Quotidienne*([i])
We should several weeks ago have announced to our readers tha Mr. Talbot had succeeded in getting the lights and shades of his photogenic copies in the natural order. We have several specimens in our possession, which are perfectly accurate and quite beautiful.
([i]) * It appears, by the French papers, that the pension required by M. Daguerre, as the condition of his disclosing his secret, has been voted by the Chamber of Deputies. We trust, therefore, that no impediment will now be thrown in the way of a speedy and unreserved development of the whole process. The sum voted to Daguerre is 6000 francs (240 ₤) a-year; and to M. Niepce the son of the gentlemen whose claim to the first discovery of the art was brought forward in the Literary Gazette, 4000 francs (160 ₤) a-year. M. Arago’s Report on the subject reached us since the above was written, but we found it too long to translate for our present Number.