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Artist:
Mathew B. Brady, 1823? - 15 Jan 1896  Search this
Sitter:
John William Draper, 5 May 1811 - 4 Jan 1882  Search this
Medium:
Half-plate ambrotype
Dimensions:
Image (oval): 12 × 8.7 cm (4 3/4 × 3 7/16")
Case Closed: 15.9 × 12.1 × 2.9 cm (6 1/4 × 4 3/4 × 1 1/8")
Case Open: 15.9 × 24.3 × 1.5 cm (6 1/4 × 9 9/16 × 9/16")
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1856
Exhibition Label:
Scientist John W. Draper’s pioneering investigations of radiant energy were critical to the emerging field of spectrum analysis. His study of the properties of light also led him to experiment with photography. In partnership with Samuel F. B. Morse in 1840, Draper opened a daguerreian portrait studio on the rooftop of the New York University building where he chaired the medical school’s departments of chemistry and physiology.
The oval die stamp visible in the lower left corner of this portrait’s brass mat indicates that Brady produced this ambrotype of Draper was produced using methods patented by American photographer James A. Cutting in 1854.
Las investigaciones pioneras de John W. Draper sobre la energía radiante fueron cruciales para el nacimiento del campo del análisis espectral. Sus estudios sobre las propiedades de la luz también lo llevaron a experimentar con la fotografía. En 1840, en sociedad con Samuel F. B. Morse, Draper abrió un estudio de retratos en daguerrotipo en la azotea de un edificio de la Universidad de New York, donde dirigía los departamentos de química y fisiología de la facultad de medicina.
El sello troquelado en la esquina inferior izquierda del paspartú en este retrato indica que Brady produjo el ambrotipo de Draper con métodos patentados por el fotógrafo estadounidense James A. Cutting en 1854.
Topic:
Cased object  Search this
John William Draper: Male  Search this
John William Draper: Literature\Writer\Scientific writer  Search this
John William Draper: Education and Scholarship\Educator\Professor\College  Search this
John William Draper: Science and Technology\Inventor  Search this
John William Draper: Science and Technology\Scientist\Chemist  Search this
John William Draper: Visual Arts\Artist\Photographer\Daguerreotypist  Search this
John William Draper: Education and Scholarship\Scholar\Historian\Historiographer  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; conservation made possible by a grant from the Smithsonian's Collections Care and Preservation Fund
Object number:
NPG.2010.33
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Location:
Currently not on view
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4dfe2ff1f-97b6-431c-b91a-ef9b5b4e4b8e
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.2010.33