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DAGUERREOTYPE OR PHOTOGRAPHIC MINIATURES. -The public generally is fully aware of the splendid photogenic effects produced by the aid of the camera by M. Daguerre; a novelty on similar principles has recently beet) introduced into the metropolis. The inventor, Mr Alexander S. Wolcott, of Now York, United States, has obtained a patent for it in his native country, and the grounds of his claim to that privilege are stated by himself to be, "that he has discovered the means of taking likenesses from life by the aid of a concave reflector so placed as to receive the rays from the person whose likeness is to be taken, and convey them to a focus on a prepared plate placed between the person and the reflector." Mr Wolcott, conjointly with Mr Beard, an Englishman, has secured a patent for his invention for Great Britain, and within the last few days the patentees have commenced their experiments at the Medical- hall, 138, Holborn, adjoining FurnivaTsinn. To M. Daguerre belongs the credit of the originality of the invention, so faras the preparation and silvering of the plates is concerned but Mr Wolcott also claims, and we believe is entitled to, the honour of ndapting the substitution of reflectors for the camera, aud thus reducing the length of the sitting to the short space of four to five minutes.

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