Le Pont-Neuf Marquier, L  (French, b.1830s active)

The chief difficulty in making a lithograph from a daguerreotype was tracing the image. Paper vegetal of the most transparent became absolutely opaque when placed in contact with the daguerreotype. The slightest stroke of the pencil destroyed the image. Marquier made the tracing by a means unknown to the editor. Despite the artist’s failure to render the most significant facet of the daguerreotype, its infinite detail, the editor congratulated him for opening a great new field for engraving and lithography. 1839 (GEH Image v.11 n. 6)

Reproduced / Exhibited

Coke, Van D. The Painter and the Photograph: From Delacroix to Warhol. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1972. pl. 410

Buerger, Janet E. French Daguerreotypes. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1989. no. 254. (original)

Image: The Bulletin of the George Eastman House of Photography, v. 11, no. 6. 1962 (cover)