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Sotheby’s: Notre Dame de Paris by Vincent Chevalier, circa 1840


Sotheby’s will sell on November 8th in Paris one of the first daguerreotype views of Notre-Dame de Paris, made in 1840 by Vincent Chevalier only a year after the public announcement by François Arago of the discovery of photography (estimate: 50,000 – 70,000 €). Preserved for more than twenty years in the same collection, this photograph was taken before the restoration of  Notre-Dame cathedral begun in 1844, and the construction of the new spire by Eugène Viollet-le-Duc. The work, in an excellent state of preservation, has a gray hue specific to the first daguerreotypes and a wealth of intact details....

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