This charming stereoscopic daguerreotype, depicting a taxidermy goat, is likely the creation of Louis Jules Duboscq, the great French optical and photographic equipment manufacturer. Duboscq was introduced to the stereoscope in 1850 by Scottish physicist David Brewster and his firm, Duboscq-Soleil, began manufacturing these devices. Duboscq’s initial daguerreotype views for the stereoscope were somewhat primitive, consisting of two successive exposures wherein the camera was moved slightly between exposures. Duboscq gained notable acclaim after his device and daguerreotype stereoviews were shown at the Great Exhibition of 1851 at the Crystal Palace in London and enjoyed by Queen Victoria.
The label on the reverse of this daguerreotype advertises ‘C. W. Dixey, Optician to the Queen,’ the New Bond Street optical instrument maker and retailer. Other comparable stereoscopic daguerreotypes of animal still life by Duboscq are in the Howarth-Loomes Collection at National Museums Scotland.