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Unidentified photographer (French) 
Lottery Announcement 
1852 (ca) 
  
Daguerreotypes 
3 7/8 x 2 13/16 ins 
  
J. Paul Getty Museum 
84.XT.265.21 
  
 
LL/43653 
  
Comments provided by Getty curatorial staff [Accessed: April 26, 2011]
 
This assemblage of eight daguerreotypes in a single frame shows four women and five men symmetrically arranged, all apparently the inhabitants of a French asylum for the insane. An elaborate placard for a prize lottery whose purpose was to raise funds for the facility, the daguerreotypes' intent was surely to persuade contributors that its cause was worthy and humane.
 
In a sardonic twist, the words printed on the card, Galerie Historique,refer to a title generally used to describe published collections of biographies of famous monarchs and statesmen. 
 

 
  
 
  
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