Portrait of Dorothy Catherine Draper

Portrait of Dorothy Catherine Draper

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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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Photograph
photograph
Other Terms
Photograph; Daguerreotype
Date made
1893
maker
Draper, Daniel
Draper, Henry
Place Made
United States: New York, New York City
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
ID Number
PG.72.72.B001
accession number
304826
catalog number
72.72.B1
72.72.B001
Credit Line
Gift of John William Christopher Draper and James Christopher Draper
subject
Portraits
Women
World's Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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Comments

Photography is one of the greatest inventions in the human history. Thanks to this wonderful invention, we can see how people nearly 180 years ago looked like as if they were still alive. Yes, this good-looking lady will live forever in this photograph. Probably, my pictures would be viewed with amagement by people in the 23rd century.

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