'Notre Dame de Paris', c 1841.
© National Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
A lithograph by Mignan from an original daguerreotype of Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris, by Parisian optician N P Lerebours. Built between 1163 and 1285, the cathedral stands on the banks of the River Seine. It is a masterpiece of Gothic architecture and one of the most beautiful churches in Europe. In 1839, Lerebours began collecting daguerreotype views of Europe and the Near East. A selection of these were engraved and published as 'Excursions daguerriennes, reprEsentant les vues et les monuments les plus remarquables du globe' (Daguerreian Travels, representing the most remarkable views and monuments in the world), (Paris, 1841-1844).