Albert Stapfer (attributed to) Ruines de Lavardin

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Ref.# 15384

Medium Daguerreotype (1/4 plate)

Mount in glass mount

Photo Date 1840-41c  Print Date 1840-41c

Dimensions 4-1/4 x 3-1/4 in. (108 x 84 mm)

Photo Country France

Photographer Country France

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Albert Stapfer was one of several wealthy French amateurs who very quickly turned their hand to daguerreotypes. He bought himself a camera and chose the family chateau of Talcy as the main subject of his pictures; several plates, unfortunately in poor condition, are kept at Talcy. Keenly interested in the lines and proportions of the building, he staged his shots with great care.

This may be the very first instance of government sponsored documentation by photography, as well as one of the earliest use of the daguerreotype process for documenting such important heritage sites.

While the mount was added later, it appears to be from around 1900.

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