Daguerreian Society

On this day (August 2) in the year 1851, the following notice appeared 
in the "Boston Daily Evening Transcript":
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  DAGUERRE.  You may have heard by the last steamer of the death of 
Daguerre.  He died at the age of 62, at the village of Petit Brie, a 
few miles from Paris.  In early life he was a scene painter for the 
principal theatres of the capitol.  Several of his scenes have never 
been equalled either before or since.  An effect of moonlight, and one 
representing sunrise, are still kept in the memory of the theatre-goers 
of these days.  The whole of the scenery for Aladdin, or the Wonderful 
Lamp, was the work of his brush.  Some years after, he founded the 
Diorama in this city, which established him firmly as an artist but 
effected his pecuniary ruin.  He then gave himself up to the solution 
of the great problem of fixing the images of the camera obscura.  In 
this he succeeded, and gave to the world the art known as the 
Daguerreotype.  His funeral was attended by nearly all the artistes 
attached to the various theatres, and the principal literary and 
scientific notabilities.

Posted for your enjoyment.     Gary W. Ewer     

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