By Aaron Scharf
Llustrated with greater than 250 black and white photos, this booklet explores the realm of paintings because it pertains to the medium of images.
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AS AN INDUSTRY Photographic portraiture was rapidly becoming an industry in both England and France. The cost of a daguerreotype, even in the early 1840s, was far below that of a painting. In 1841 one Parisian photographer charged only 15 francs per portrait. ). ) As the technique was improved daguerreotype portraits increased. said that in 1849 100,000 daguerreotype portraits were taken It in Paris alone. 41 : 42 This is a very modest figure if we consider a contemporaiy source which claimed that in 1847 half a million photographic plates were sold in Paris, them were that most of positive pictures, a cation, although it portraits.
Paul Huet, maintaining a rather recalcitrant attitude, seems some if to have been in the south of British scientists France during the autumn of 1839. Though were in attendance, not clear which British it is artists, any, were present. The symbolic union of science and art which ushered in the daguerreotype could not have been better expressed than by the presence in the chair of Eugene Chevreul, the new President of the Academic des Sciences, whose famous work on the simultaneous and successive contrasts of colours was published in book form that same year.
Genre subjects, Hill's photo- graphs were then favourably compared with the work of earlier masters Reynolds, Rembrandt and Murillo and, fishermen, we have said, in his 'group of Newhaven a Teniers's Dutch boors, or Ostade's Village Alehouse - or against a crumbling brick wall The was it . . Peter de Hooghc lies mezzotinted before whom painter and draughtsman Clarkson Stanfield, us'. Ruskin called 'the them superior to the work of Rembrandt. Sir Charles Eastlake thought them admirable and his wife, Elizabeth Rigby, whom Hill had photographed, referred to his calotypes as 'small, broadly treated which first cast the glamour of photography upon Rembrandt-like studies us'.
Art and Photography by Aaron Scharf