One of the earliest portrait photographs -- a daguerreotype -- represents the Danish artist Bertel Thorvaldsen. In spite of the fact that the photograph is signed and dated there has been doubts about the dating and the location of the taking of the picture. Starting from the photography itself as well as the historical facts the author sets the photography in its proper context. Written sources material and other pictures are presented to throw light on the photographer, the French businessman A C T Neubourgs work in Scandinavia. Furthermore, the reader gains an insight into the exposure as it is being reflected in the picture where an older conception of art meets the new age of photography. The book also contains an appendix by Jens Frederiksen (The Royal Academy of Fine Arts School of Architecture, Copenhagen) on A C T Neubourgs camera, lens and daguerreotypes.
Foreword; The first Scandinavian photographic portrait; Studies of the portrait; Neubourg and the daguerreotype; Arguments in favour of the late dating; Portrait photography in France; Neubourgs three daguerreotypes from Copenhagen; The camera; Thorvaldsen in Denmark; Portraits of Thorvaldsen; The corno; Concluding remarks; Appendix. Jens Frederiksen: On A.C.T. Neubourgs camera, lens and daguerreotypes; Catalogue of A.C.T. Neubourgs daguerreotypes.