28 de Setembro
THE LITERARY GAZETTE AND JOURNAL OF BELLES LETTRES, ARTS, SCIENCES
London, Saturday, september, 28, 1839
Colour. - In a note to his translation of M. Arago's report to the French Chamber of Deputies, respecting the Daguerréotype, Dr. Memes observes that he is at a loss exactly to comprehend what M. Arago means by the expression couleur locale, for that photographic designs have no local colour. The word " colour," however, is in familiar use with engravers, who have nothing to do but with black and white, and their intermediate gradations, to describe what might with greater propriety be called " tone."
The New Art. - Unscientific persons making experiments with iodine ought to be very cautious, for it is a deadly poison.
It is in contemplation to make a very singular use of the Daguerréotype, at the inauguration of the iron railway at Courtray, if the weather should be favourable. The camera obscura, placed on an eminence commanding a view of the royal gallery, the locomotive engines, the carriages adorned with flags, and the greater part of the procession, will be open during the delivery of the inauguratory speech ; a cannonshot will be the signal for the whole assembly to remain perfectly motionless, for the seven minutes which will be necessary to obtain the resemblance of all the persons present. This picture will be put into a leaden box, to be deposited under the first stone of the foundation of the station at Courbray, in order to give to our posterity an exact idea of this grand ceremony. It is not said how many hundred years hence posterity is to dig it up to look at it.
A Company has been formed under the name of "Society Belge du Daguerréotype." It consists, says the prospectus, of artists who are accustomed to choose the most picturesque views of public edifices, &c. They will go wherever the admirers of public monuments and the owners of country-seats shall invite them. The society has raised funds to procure successively a great number of instruments. Those persons who desire to obtain photogenic drawings may enter their names at the office of the "Courrier Belge," stating the views which they desire to have. They will be served in the order in which their names are inscribed