|Artist||Jean Baptiste Marie Chamouin|
|Published||Chamouin, Rue de la Harpe, 29. Paris, 1845|
|Dimensions||Image 155 x 230 mm, Plate 230 x 292 mm, Sheet 250 x 350 mm|
A topographical view of Paris, Plate 17 from the publication "Collection De Vues De Paris Prises Au Daguerreotype : Gravures En Taille Douce Sur Acier Jean Baptiste Marie Chamouin" or (Collection Of Views Of Paris by Daguerreotype : Engravings In Etching Of Steel by Jean Baptiste Marie Chamouin). This scene depicts a view of the Panthéon. The Panthéon was originally built as a church dedicated to St. Genevieve and to house the reliquary containing her relics but now functions as a secular mausoleum containing the remains of distinguished French citizens. It is an early example of neoclassicism, with a façade modelled on the Pantheon in Rome.
"Collection De Vues De Paris Prises Au Daguerreotype : Gravures En Taille Douce Sur Acier Jean Baptiste Marie Chamouin" was a volume of steel-engraved perspective views of some of the principal buildings and landmarks of Paris, based on daguerreotype photographs.
Daguerreotype is a photograph taken by an early photographic process employing an iodine-sensitized silvered plate and mercury vapour. Daguerreotypes were able to catch incredible detail in the image which the artist could then transfer in such detail to the engraving. Due to the long exposure time of the photographs, the figures depicted within the prints were added by hand later.