- Vincent Chevalier
- Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, circa 1840
- Sight area 7 3/4 x 5 1/2 in., object 12 1/8 x 10 1/8 in.
(Partie visible 19.7 x 14 cm, objet 31,50 x 25,50 cm)
One of the first famous daguerreotypists, the Baron Gros (Jean-Baptiste Louis) described in 1846 while comparing his results to those by Chevalier "I think it is difficult to obtain more satisfying results (...) and the views of Panthéon, Notre-Dame, etc. (...) seems to me like they are leaving nothing to desire.
Another early daguerreotypist Noel Lerebours, reproduced daguerreotypes through engravings and distributed on a larger scale these unique images. This plate was probably one of the views used by Lerebours in his Excursions Daguerriennes that is reproduced here.
Only two others similar plates are known, one is in the collection of The Museum of History of Science in Oxford and the other is known to be in a private collection in France and registered in 1988 as French National Treasure. This plate is therefore the last remaining example of the earliest daguerreotypes views of Notre-Dame.