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DAGUERRE, Louis: Memorial at the Smithsonian Nat'l Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.
located in James M. Goode's Judiciary Square & East Downtown area (click link for more in that area)

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Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre (November 18, 1787 – July 10, 1851) was a French artist and chemist, recognized for his invention of the daguerreotype process of photography. In 1827, Joseph Nicéphore Niépce produced the world's first permanent photograph (known as a Heliograph). Daguerre partnered with Niépce two years later, beginning a four-year cooperation. Niépce died suddenly in 1833. The main reason for the "partnership", as far as Daguerre was concerned, was connected to his already famous dioramas. Niepce was a printer and his process was based on a faster way to produce printing plates. Daguerre thought that the process developed by Niepce could help speed up his diorama creation. Daguerre announced the latest perfection of the Daguerreotype, after years of experimentation, in 1839, with the French Academy of Sciences announcing the process on January 9 of that year. Daguerre's patent was acquired by the French Government, and, on August 19, 1839, the French Government announced the invention was a gift "Free to the World." Source: Wikipedia




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The French artist Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre (1787-1851) became interested in the 1820s in trying to capture images photographically. In August 1839 his "Daguerrotype" technique -- fixing an image on a light-sensitive, polished silver plate -- was announced to the public. This was the first photographic process to be used widely in Europe and the United States.

In 1890 the Professional Photographers of America donated this monument to Daguerre, by the American sculptor Jonathon Scott Hartley, to the American people. The bronze figure was cast by the Henry-Bonnard Bronze Company of New York. Placed in the Smithsonian Institutions's National Museum Building (now known as the Arts and Industries building) to celebrate the first half-century of photograpy, the monument was displayed [...] from 1897 to 1969.

The rededication of the Daguerre Monument [...]

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To commemorate the half centruy in photography 1839 - 1889. Erected by the photographers association of America Aug. 1890

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Photography, the electric telegraph, and the steam engine are the three great discoveries of the age. No five centuries in human progress can show such strides as these.

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James M. Goode's
'Washington Sculpture' (hardcover p 259 Item #6.24; Judiciary Square & East Downtown area)

Related subjects: History, Science; Writers, Scholars, Inventors, Educators, Artists
Location: F & 7th Sts. NW Washington, D.C.
See Judiciary Square & East Downtown area in James Goode's Washington Sculpture
Nearest Metro: Gallery Place - Chinatown (Red - Yellow - Green) (click station name for all sculptures nearby)
Smithsonian American Art Museum's Art Inventories Catalog: Control number 75003593 (dcMem ID #424 )

Links & other sources
'Who is That Man Anyway?' on Daguerre
Wikipedia article on Daguerre
Daguerreian Society website

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