Daniel Draper

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
Object Name
bust, Daniel Draper
date made
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
place made
United States: New York, New York
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Prints from the Physical Sciences Collection
Science & Mathematics
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Medicine and Science: Physical Sciences
Prints from the Physical Sciences Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
John William Christopher Draper and James Christopher Draper

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