[Self-portrait of Antoine François Jean Claudet and his son Henri Posed with His Invention, The Focimeter]

Object Details

Title:

[Self-portrait of Antoine François Jean Claudet and his son Henri Posed with His Invention, The Focimeter]

Artist/Maker(s):

Antoine Claudet (French, 1797 - 1867)

Culture:

French

Place(s):

London, England (Place created)

Date:

about 1856

Medium:

Stereograph, daguerreotype

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Antoine Claudet, who learned the daguerreotype process from Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre himself, poses with his son Francis in the richly appointed studio setting that was a trademark of his stereographic portraits. The lush detail of tasseled curtains, parrot, decorated vase, and focimeter--a device to measure distance in order to determine focus--undoubtedly provided a striking effect when the image was viewed in three dimensions through the stereograph viewer. Part of an experiment to measure exact distances in the studio as indicated by the white placard reading "8 IN / 22 feet" in the lower left corners, this portrait underscores Claudet's efforts to ensure the sharp definition of the stereograph image.

Exhibitions
French Daguerreotype (May 12, 2003 to January 4, 2004)
  • Musée d'Orsay, (Paris), May 12 to August 17, 2003
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, (New York), September 22, 2003 to January 4, 2004
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