Jean-Baptiste Louis Gros

Photographer, Visual Artist

1793 – 1870

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Who was Jean-Baptiste Louis Gros?

Jean-Baptiste Louis Gros was a French ambassador and one of the first daguerrotypists. Baron and French chargé d'affaires in Bogotá, Athens and Ambassador to London - during which period he also travelled to China and Japan in 1857 and 1858 — he produced many famous daguerrotypeschief among them those of the Acropolis.

Gros led French troops in China during the Anglo-French expedition to China.

In 1858, the Treaty of Amity and Commerce between France and Japan was signed in Edo on October 9, 1858, by Jean-Baptiste Louis Gros, opening diplomatic relations between the two countries.

While he is best known for his daguerrotypes, his paintings of Latin American landscapes are — while few — quite striking in their realism.

He photographed The Great Exhibition in London in 1851.

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Born
1793
Nationality
  • France
Profession
Died
1870

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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