Lithograph from Adolphe Duperly's 'Daguerian Excursions in Jamaica.' It is a view of the Ordnance Yard taken from the wharf. The announcement of the public availability of the daguerreotype process in 1839 was immediately seen as the ideal means of making accurate images of far-off places available to a wide audience. Noel Paymal Lerebours commissioned daguerreotypists to travel as far afield as North Africa, the Middle East and Russia to photograph characteristic scenes and architectural views for publication. The result was the two volume work Excursions daguerriennes. Vues et monuments les plus remarquables du globe (Paris, 1841-42), containing engraved reproductions of the daguerreotypes taken by his photographers, and it seems likely that Duperly's own work, with its similarity of title, was modelled on this early attempt to use photography as the basis of a photographically-illustrated travel book.