About This Image

Although born in Switzerland in 1802, Albert Stapfer moved to Talcy, France, and became one of several wealthy French amateurs who very quickly turned their hand to daguerreotypes. He bought himself a camera and chose the family chateau of Talcy as his main subject; several plates, unfortunately (unlike our two examples) in poor condition, are kept at Talcy. Keenly interested in lines and proportions of the building, he staged his shots with care.

Although he was thought to work only from 1839-1842 at Talcy, at least one of the plates attributed to him has a Christofle plate mark used in 1852, according to French conservator Jerome Monnier.

Stapfer died in 1892.

This daguerreotype may have been encouraged by Prosper Me?rime?e, who launched the later Mission Heliographique in 1851. In 1834 he was named Inspecteur ge?ne?ral des Monuments Historiques. He reportedly had meetings and communications with Stapfer about documenting the area, and these dags may be the first government-encouraged documentary photography. Me?rime?e does have an unnamed Chateau in Loir-et-Cher on his 1840 list created for the French government. Perhaps it is Lavardin.

While the mount was added later, it appears to be from around 1900. The thickness of the plate is about 0.020".

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Ruines de Donjon de Lavardin (Ruins of the Dungeon in Lavardin, France)
Albert Stapfer (attributed to) Ruines de Donjon de Lavardin (Ruins of the Dungeon in Lavardin, France)

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Main Image

Ref.# 15385

Medium Daguerreotype (1/4 plate)

Mount in glass mount

Photo Date 1840-41c  Print Date 1840-41c

Dimensions 4-1/8 x 3-1/8 in. (106 x 81 mm)

Photo Country France

Photographer Country France


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