Downtown in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Daguerre Monument
[Inscription on 1890 monument's south side]:
To commemorate the half century in photography 1839 - 1889. Erected by the photographers association of America Aug. 1890.
[Inscription on 1890 monument's north side]:
Photography, the electric telegraph, and the steam engine are the three great discoveries of the age. No five centuries in human progress can show such strides as these.
[Rededication Marker, 1989]:
The Daguerre Monument.
The French artist Louis Mande Daguerre (1787-1851) became interested in the 1820s in trying to capture images photographically. In August 1839 his "Daguerreotype" technique--fixing an image on a light-sensitive, polished silver plate--was announced to the public. This was the first photographic process to be used widely in Europe and the United States.
In 1890 the Professional Photographers of America donated this monument to Daguerre, by the American sculptor Jonathan Scott Hartley, to the American people. The bronze figure was cast by the Henry-Bonnard Bronze Company of New York. Placed in the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum Building (now known as the Arts and Industries Building) to celebrate the first half-century of photography,
The rededication of the Daguerre Monument in 1989 was sponsored by the Professional Photographers of America in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of photography.
Erected 1989 by Professional Photographers of America.
Location. 38° 53.857′ N, 77° 1.328′ W. Marker is in Downtown, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of 7th Street, NW and F Street, NW, on the right when traveling south on 7th Street, NW. Click for map. The memorial sculpture and marker are on the grounds of the Smithsonian Institution's Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture, near the southeast corner of the National Portrait Gallery. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20001, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named The Daguerre Monument (here, next to this marker); The Roots of Freedom and Equality (within shouting distance of this marker); Patent Office Building (within shouting distance of this marker); General Post Office (within shouting distance of this marker); Abraham (within shouting distance of this marker); Samuel F. B. Morse (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); "Blodgett's Hotel" (about 500 feet away); The Restoration of 800 F Street (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Downtown.
Also see . . .
1. Louis Daguerre.
2. Smithsonian Institution, Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture.
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