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Daguerreotype

Period:
Victorian
Description:
This process was invented in 1839 by Frenchman Louis Jacques Mande Daguerre. It consisted of placing a sensitized silver plate in a camera, exposing it for several seconds and then developing it by fuming it with mercury. The resulting picture, a negative, was then sealed in a case to prevent tarnishing of the silver. It was essential to reflect something dark on the silver to make the picture look positive.
Source:
Dean Castle
Digital Number:
EAPG215n
Copyright:
East Ayrshire Council