[Multiple Exposures of the Moon]

Antoine-François-Jean Claudet French
Photography Studio John Jabez Edwin Mayall British

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Eighteen tiny yet detailed impressions of the moon, captured by means of multiple exposure, dot the metal surface of this recently discovered daguerreotype. It was likely made in England by the Frenchman Antoine-François-Jean Claudet. One of the first studio daguerreotypists in London, Claudet experimented with recording ephemeral natural phenomena, including electricity, clouds captured instantaneously, and the sun viewed through fog. The plate is housed in a case bearing the 1846-52 London studio address of John Jabez Edwin Mayall, who worked as an assistant to Claudet in 1846. Claudet’s well-documented scientific experiments with photography—he exhibited a lunar daguerreotype at the 1851 Great Exhibition—make him the more likely author of this image.

[Multiple Exposures of the Moon], Antoine-François-Jean Claudet (French, Lyon 1797–1867London), Daguerreotype

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