It's Louis Daguerre's birthday today. It's been 229 years since his birth.
The image is a JPEG of a photogravure by William J. Mozart from an 1890 issue of The Photographic Times. It shows sculptor Jonathan Scott Hartley (who went by J. Scott) working on what would become the bronze portrait of Daguerre for the Daguerre Memorial a.k.a. Daguerre Monument. The Memorial was commissioned by the Photographers Association of America in honor of Daguerre. It was erected in 1890 and can now be seen at the National Portrait Gallery on 7th Street N.W. in Washington, D.C.
Rather quaintly, the base of the statue reads, "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." Well.
I found this in the minutes of a P.A. of A. meeting in 1891:
...But not forgotten. Here's to you, Louis.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, the PA272w-BK-SV has arrived, and I've set it up in the living room driven by my older laptop. As usual, TOP will be back on Monday. I suspect I will be kept busy this weekend with computer configurations and calibrating the display &c.
The weather is beautiful here. More anon, and may you have a lovely weekend where you are.
(Thanks to Bob Stothfang)
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