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Jean-Baptiste-Louis Gros [Attributed to]
Salon of Baron Gros
22.2 x 17.1 cm (8 3/4 x 6 3/4 ins)
Metropolitan Museum of Art
IMPORTANT (21 November 2014): A paper given by Dr. Natalia Avetyan (Dept. of History of Russian Culture, The Hermitage), at the International Conference "Current Research on Photography" (The State Hermitage Museum) on 18 November 2014 has questioned the previous attribution and proved that this important daguerreotype is by Russian photographer Sergey Levitsky (1819–1898) and the studio shown is Levitsky's Photographic Studio in St. Petersburg. (Please note: the attribution will not be changed until the Metropolitian Museum in New York, where the daguerreotype resides, has studied the issue.)
The location was thought to be the parlour of the home of Baron Jean-Baptiste-Louis Gros on the Rue Barbet-de-Jouy in Paris.
The Daguerreotype was in a private collection of André and Marie-Thérese Jammes and was featured in the "The Dawn of Photography: French Daguerreotypes, 1839-1855" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (September 23, 2003-January 4, 2004) and was used as the front image for the catalogue. In 2008 it sold at Sotheby's for $271,684 to the Parisian dealer Serge Plantureux and in the New York Times (February 5th, 2010, C24) it was reported that the Metropolitan Museum of Art acquired this significant Daguerreotype.