Jean-Baptiste Louis Gros

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Jean-Baptiste Louis Gros, in 1858.

Jean-Baptiste Louis Gros (1793–1870) was a French ambassador and one of the first daguerrotypists. Baron and French chargé d'affaires in Bogotá (1838–1842), Athens (1850) and Ambassador to London (1852–1863) - during which period he also travelled to China and Japan in 1857 and 1858 — he produced many famous daguerrotypes — chief among them those of the Acropolis.

Gros led French troops in China during the Anglo-French expedition to China (1856-1860).

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.[1]

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.


  1. ^ Polak 2001, p.29


  • Polak, Christian. (2001). Soie et lumières: L'âge d'or des échanges franco-japonais (des origines aux années 1950). Tokyo: Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie Française du Japon, Hachette Fujin Gahōsha (アシェット婦人画報社).
  • __________. (2002). 絹と光: 知られざる日仏交流100年の歴史 (江戶時代-1950年代) Kinu to hikariō: shirarezaru Nichi-Futsu kōryū 100-nen no rekishi (Edo jidai-1950-nendai). Tokyo: Ashetto Fujin Gahōsha, 2002. 10-ISBN 4-573-06210-6; 13-ISBN 978-4-573-06210-8; OCLC 50875162

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