Extra images of Daguerre and Bouton's dioramas

A few more reproductions of dioramas, mainly black and white engravings originally published in contemporary magazines in the 1820s and 1830s, are presented on this page


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Images Part 3.2: engravings of dioramas

Engraving in Mirror of Literature 4 March 1826 of Roslin Chapel

‘View of Roslin Chapel at the Diorama’
Wood Engraving of Daguerre's diorama in
The Mirror of Literature, 4 March 1826, Vol. 7, p.129-132
Looking at the static monochrome engraving of ‘Roslin Chapel’ above it is useful to remind ourselves that it (and other images on this page) can bear only a little resemblance to what was experienced by visitors to Daguerre’s Diorama. For example, when the diorama of ‘Roslin Chapel’ was displayed in 1828 at the Diorama building in Bold Street, Liverpool, an advertisement (below) in a local magazine The Kaleidoscope highlighted “the most beautiful effect of Passing Sunshine” :

advert in The Kaleidoscope (Liverpool), 1 July 1828

The Kaleidoscope (Liverpool), 1 July 1828, Vol. 8 (418), p.440

 

Engraving in Mirror of Literature 30 June 1827 of Ruins in a Fog

Wood Engraving of ‘The Diorama — Ruins in a Fog’
The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction, London,
Vol. 9 (Jan-June 1827), No. 260, June 30, 1827, pp. 425-6

BrestHarbour_400

‘Brest Harbour’, diorama by L. J. M. Daguerre

 

Chartres Cathedral

‘Chartres Cathedral’

 

Holyrood Chapel by Moonlight

Holyrood Chapel by Moonlight, diorama by L. J. M. Daguerre

The three above illustrations - of Brest Harbour, Chartres Cathedral, and Holyrood Chapel by Moonlight - are copied from wood engravings in a book published in 1826 by Horace Wellbeloved: London Lions for country cousins and friends about town : Being all the new buildings, Improvements and Amusements in the British Metropolis, exhibited in a series of exquisite wood engravings. The three wood engravings and the texts about ‘The Diorama, Regent’s Park’ are on pages 23-28 of the book and fully provided on this website as a PDF file
See also the previous page, under 'Extra Documentation' for a review of the diorama of Holyrood Chapel in The Times in 1825

 

reproduction of daguerre's painting of Holyrood Chapel

‘Ruins of Holyrood Chapel’, Edinburgh
Oil on canvas, L. J. M. Daguerre, 1824
From H. & A. Gernsheim, L. J. M. Daguerre
Secker and Warburg: London 1956

Engraving of dioramic double-effect by day

Double-effect diorama image — by day


Engraving of dioramic double-effect by night

Double-effect diorama image — by night
The above two illustrations of double-effect are reproduced from H. & A. Gernsheim
L. J. M. Daguerre, Secker and Warburg: London 1956

 

Lithograph by Marlet 'Le Dyorama. port de Boulogne'

‘Le Dyorama. port de Boulogne’, Lithograph by Marlet

This lithograph was exhibited by G. Cromer in Paris in 1924 as supposedly showing a diorama by Daguerre. That copy is now in the Cromer Collection at George Eastman House, Rochester, NY, USA. However there is no contemporary documentation of a diorama by Daguerre of this subject, and the way the spectators are standing in front of a display bears no resemblance to Daguerre’s Diorama building in Paris. However, there is little detailed information available on dioramas displayed at Bouton’s new Diorama after he returned to Paris, and more research is needed to establish a full list of the dioramas that Bouton displayed there in the 1840s.

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For more discussion on the history of the Diorama see extracts of the author's
correspondence during the 1990s
with other researchers of problem issues encounted during research.

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