John W. Draper (1811-1882)

John William Draper was a scientist, philosopher, photographer, and historian. He helped organize the medical school of the University of the City of New York and became its president in 1850. Draper's area of scientific expertise was in radiant energy. Draper is believed to be the first in New York to use Daguerre's discovery and a picture he took of his sister in 1840 is the oldest surviving photographic portrait. He was the author of books on the Civil War, and on subjects ranging from physiology to philosophy. Henry Draper (1837-82) was his son.

Date:
1875 circa 5 years
Original Format:
Carte de Visite
Item#:
MES16340
Photographer:
Jose Mora
Height:
9790px
Width:
5877px
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