Daniel Draper

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This plaster bust of Daniel Draper (1841-1931), the New York scientist who established a Meteorological Observatory in Central Park in 1868, was probably a study or model for the bronze bust that was installed in the Observatory in 1938. It was done by Alexander Sambugnac (1888-1965) under the aegis of the Federal Art Project. Sambugnac was a native of Zemun, a town once in Serbia but later in Yugoslavia. He moved to the United States in 1921, after having studied art in Budapest, Munich, and Paris.
Ref: G. Piccoli to Alexander Sambugnac, May 23, 1938, in Alexander Sambugnac papers, Archives of American Art.
Currently not on view
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United States: New York, New York
Physical Description
plaster (overall material)
paint (overall material)
cardboard (overall material)
brass (overall material)
average spatial: 30 1/2 in x 24 in x 14 1/2 in; 77.47 cm x 60.96 cm x 36.83 cm
overall: 30 in x 25 1/2 in x 14 in; 76.2 cm x 64.77 cm x 35.56 cm
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John William Christopher Draper and James Christopher Draper
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National Museum of American History


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