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For today's DagNews I am happy to pass along this research inquiry from 
Stephen Pinson:
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Dear colleagues,

I am a doctoral candidate in art history at Harvard University 
beginning dissertation research on L.J.M. Daguerre.  I am especially 
interested in Daguerre's pre-photographic career, particularly his 
paintings (salon, theatrical, panorama, and diorama).  I want to place 
Daguerre within the context of early nineteenth-century French painting 
and popular arts, in the hopes of producing a picture of his early 
career as something more than just a backdrop to the invention of 
photography.  Indeed, the links between trompe l'oeil painting and 
photography, I believe, are much more complicated than the previous 
literature  has suggested.
   At this stage, I am soliciting any and all information on possible 
leads to archival evidence, letters, and artwork of Daguerre.  I know 
all of the basic sources, and have made a brief research trip to Paris, 
where I spent time at the Carnavalet, Bibliotheque Nationale, SFP, and 
the Archives de l'Opera. I will be returning to Paris in March 1998 for 
an extended period of research, and would be most grateful for all 
   Before March 1, 1998, I can be reached at the address at Harvard, 
printed below; or by phone, 617-628-9274; or e-mail,

After March 1, I can be reached at
60 rue Notre Dame de Nazareth
75003 Paris, France
tel 01 42 74 20 72
The e-mail address will remain the same:


Stephen C. Pinson
Department of Art History and Architecture
Harvard University
Sackler Museum
485 Broadway
Cambridge, MA  02138
fax:  617-495-1769

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