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La Daguerreotypomanie (Daguerreotypomania)

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La Daguerreotypomanie (Daguerreotypomania)


Théodore Maurisset (French, active 1834 - 1859)




Paris, France (Place Created)


December 1839



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26 × 35.7 cm (10 1/4 × 14 1/16 in.)

Credit Line:

Gift of Samuel J. Wagstaff, Jr.

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Object Description

Once the secret of making daguerreotypes was announced to the French public on August 19, 1839, fever for photography ran high in Paris. Jacques Louis Mandé Daguerre had relinquished his patent on the process, which caused a great rush among opportunity seekers eager to earn a living by it.

Théodore Maurisset's lithograph playfully imagined a time when vast crowds would wait in line to have their portrait taken. It pokes fun at the pandemonium caused by the daguerreotype's invention and chronicles the many ways entrepreneurs hoped to cash in on the craze, from selling supplies and equipment to giving lessons in how to perform photographic procedures.

1982 -
1984 -

Samuel Wagstaff, Jr., American, 1921 - 1987, GIFT

Experimental Photography: Discovery and Invention (January 17 to April 2, 1989)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), January 17 to April 2, 1989
Arrows of Time: Photographs from the J. Paul Getty Museum (January 24 to April 2, 1995)
  • Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center at UCLA (Los Angeles), January 24 to April 2, 1995
The Making of a Daguerreotype: Images and Artifacts (April 14 to July 12, 1998)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), April 14 to July 12, 1998
In Focus: Daguerreotypes (November 3, 2015 to March 20, 2016)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), November 3, 2015 to March 20, 2016