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Sliding box daguerreotype camera

  • Object:

    camera

  • Date:

    c. 1845 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Lerebours, Noël Paymal, born 1807 - died 1873 (maker)

  • Credit Line:

    The Royal Photographic Society Collection at the V&A, acquired with the generous assistance of the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Art Fund

  • Museum number:

    RPS.338-2017

  • Gallery location:

    Photography Centre, Room 100, The Bern and Ronny Schwartz Gallery, case CA2 []

The camera and daguerreotype here were made by Lerebours, an optician, instrument maker, engraver and photographer. He used his skill in optics to manufacture and sell cameras he made according to the instruction manual of Louis Daguerre, the inventor of the daguerreotype. The daguerreotype is a unique positive image created by exposing a polished copper plate coated with light-sensitive silver.

Physical description

Sliding box daguerreotype camera made by Lerebours in Paris. Sliding wooden box (backless) with a brass-mounted lens, on a wooden base. Box has three graduated sections, in the traditional sliding box shape.
On the front, there is the brass-mounted lens, which has the logo of the company that made the camera: 'Lerebours à Paris'. There is a circular black metal disk on top of the lens. This rotates around a central screw, and has 3 different-sized holes to control the amounts of light into the lens, and can also act as a lens cover.
At the back, there is a hinged wooden section at the top, which is where the focussing screen (RPS.338:2-2017) can be inserted/removed. On the wooden bed there is a brass fob that can be loosened or tightened to adjust the focus.

Date

c. 1845 (made)

Artist/maker

Lerebours, Noël Paymal, born 1807 - died 1873 (maker)

Marks and inscriptions

2977
Sticker written in ink, stuck in the corner on the base of the camera.

1928-688
Painted in white on the wooden panel base, on the left-hand side of the camera.

Dimensions

Height: 136 mm Box, Width: 117 mm Box, Depth: 185 mm Box

Object history note

Given to the RPS by Miss M. Talbot in 1921. This camera belonged to William Henry Fox Talbot.

Descriptive line

Sliding box daguerreotype camera by Lerebours, Paris, c. 1845

Labels and date

Photography Centre, 2018-20:

Nöel-Marie-Paymal Lerebours (1807–73)
Sliding box daguerreotype camera, Paris
About 1845
Panoramic view of Paris from the Pont Neuf
1840

The camera and daguerreotype here were made by Lerebours, an optician, instrument maker, engraver and photographer. He used his skill in optics to manufacture and sell cameras he made according to the instruction manual of Louis Daguerre, the inventor of the daguerreotype. The daguerreotype is a unique positive image created by exposing a polished copper plate coated with light-sensitive silver.

Wooden construction with brass mounted lens on wooden base
Museum no. RPS.338-2017

Daguerreotype
Museum no. RPS.375-2017

You can see how daguerreotypes are made in the ‘Dark Tent’ film room in Room 99.

The Royal Photographic Society Collection at the V&A, acquired with the generous assistance of the Heritage Lottery Fund and Art Fund []

Materials

Wood; Optical glass; Metal

Categories

Photographs; Portraits; The Royal Photographic Society; Cameras

Collection

Royal Photographic Society Collection

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