Driessens, Pierre

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  • Amateur

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Brussels, 1794 - Brussels, 1849

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1839 * Bruxelles
° 23.10.1794; + 27.12.1849. Superintendant and janitor at the "Musée de l'Industrie". One of the first three daguerreotypists in Brussels (the others being Jobard and Dewasme Pletinckx). He was the photographer of a "panorama of Brussels, taken from Rue [de la] Régence", exhibited in the Brussels fine arts exhibition in September 1839. And it was surely Driessens who was spotted taking a view in Brussels on 23.10.1839: "The day before yesterday at ten o'clock, one of the senior employees of the "Musée de l'Industrie" experimented with the daguerreotype on rue Royale, opposite the statue of General Belliard; he was surrounded by many curious onlookers" (Journal de Bruges, 25.10.1839).
Driessens was a skilled and inventive mechanic, having constructed scientific instruments and registered a patent for a planetary model in 1828. Recorded as an employee of the Brussels physics cabinet in 1835 and its successor body the "Musée de l'Industrie" from its creation in 1841-1842 until his death. He died at his domicile at Rue du Musée, 3, most probably the janitor's lodgings.

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1839 * Bruxelles

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Brussels, 1839.

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DIRECTORY_1997#5172

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FotoMuseum Provincie Antwerpen

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SFJ revised 27.1.2017 & 25.12.2017; MCC revised 22.5.2018; SFJ revised 1.6.2018 & 2.1.2019; revised 14.1.2019 based on information supplied by M. Demaeght

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