Portrait of Dorothy Catherine Draper

Description:

Believed to be the first photographic portrait made in the United States, this portrait of Dorothy Catherine Draper was originally taken by her brother Dr. John W. Draper (1811-1882) in his Washington Square studio at the New York University in 1839 or 1840, within the first year of Louis Jacques Mande Daguerre's announcement in Paris of his invention of the daguerreotype process. Identified as a copy daguerreotype, this reproduction was made by Draper's son Daniel when the original was displayed at the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois. The original daguerreotype was damaged during an attempt at restoration early in the 1930s.

Date Made: 1893

Maker: Draper, DanielDraper, Henry

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: New York, New York City

Subject: PortraitsWomenRelated Event: World's Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition

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Credit Line: Gift of John William Christopher Draper and James Christopher Draper

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: PG.72.72.B001Accession Number: 304826Catalog Number: 72.72.B172.72.B001

Object Name: PhotographphotographOther Terms: Photograph; Daguerreotype

Physical Description: glass (overall material)paper (overall material)wood (overall material)metal (overall material)Measurements: overall: 4 1/4 in x 3 1/4 in; 10.795 cm x 8.255 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a6-6fba-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_834690

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