Fig. 268. Australians. Draper, John William  (American, 1811-1882)

John William Draper (1811–1882) was an English-born American scientist, philosopher, physician, chemist, historian and photographer. He is credited with producing the first clear photograph of a female face (1839–40) and the first detailed photograph of the moon in 1840. This publication included nearly 300 wood engravings, many photographically reproduced. Draper reproduced his own photomicrographs and photo-reductions of wood engravings taken from other publications. These photo-reductions of art work may be the first of their type in America. Unfortunately, neither Draper nor Harpers discussed the method employed for making the engravings. Hanson


Hanson, David A. "The Beginnings of Photographic Reproduction in the Usa." History of Photography. 12.4 (1988): 357-376