The invention of the French artist Louis Daguerre, according to which it was possible to fix an image on a silver plate through the camera - obscura only in one copy became known in 1839. The daguerreotypes were distinguished by a high quality and played a significant role in the popularization of photography. Unfortunately the daguerreotypes were not made to last long and consequently only a minor part of them has survived. There are only a few daguerreotypes in Georgia. Both the persons portrayed and the authors of them are unknown.

The newspaper "Caucasus" in 1846 mentioned the name of the foreigners -- Verner, who took portraits in a minute and also G. Gaupt and A. Alexandrovski, both of them creating perfect portraits.

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