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Choiselat & Ratel
The Pavillon de Flore and the Tuileries Gardens
15.2 x 18.7 cm (6 x 7 3/8 in)
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Gilman Collection, Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, 2005 (2005.100.29)
Marie-Charles-Isidore Choiselat (French, 1815-1858); Stanislas Ratel (French, 1824-1904)
(Alan Griffiths, 11 July 2020) In a Zoom meeting on "French Daguerreotypes" presented by Malcolm Daniel, curator of photography at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Mike Robinson described two ways this plate could have been made. One way was using a mask within the camera but the easier way would be to hold a mask steady in front of the camera as this would allow the correct exposure of both the buildings and the clouds.