23 de Fevereiro
THE LITERARY GAZETTE AND JOURNAL OF BELLES LETTRES, ARTS, SCIENCES
London, Saturday, february 23, 1839
The second conversasione of this Society took place on Wednesday, when the largest assembly of members and visitors took place since its foundation; and whave never seen a more numerous or interesting display of drawings, skectches, and engravings, than were sent by the members for the gratification of their friends – among these, the principal contributors were Mr. T. Creswick, Mr. Evans, Mr. West, Mr. Cope, Mr. Pyne, Mr. Cowen, Mr. Consins, Mr. Doo, Mr. W. Finden, Mr. Corbould, Mr. Windus, and others. It is probable that the very numerous meeting arose from the expectation that some drawings, produced by the action of light, by Mr. Talbot, would be shown, but they were not sent. Two small specimens, produced by Sir Jonn Herschel, were exhibited, but they were feeble in effect, and said to be first attempts; but it was stated by a gentleman present, who had seen those prepared by Daguerre, in paris, that is were so far superior, as to bear the character of a different process – still the most favourable report of the process relieved the anxiety of the artists.The painters were quieted that Daguerre could produce nothing in colour; and the engravers, that no impressions could be taken from the design effected by light on his coppers. The secret will soon arrive, and we shall then be able to follow up the early notices which we gave of this curious art, by a full disclosure. There were also shown some prints of different sizes, taken from the same plate: this seemed to be even a greater puzzler than Daguerre’s. It is said, however, that a mode of effecting this has suggested itself to Professor Wheatstone, who saw these prints at the Graphic; if so, we shall hear more about it. This invention is also French, and was discovered by M. Gonard; but it has not yet been brought to any useful application, owing to the slow process of taking the impressions.