Lot 7
  • 7

Draper, Henry (attributed)

4,000 - 6,000 USD
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  • "Clavius, the moons diameter 30 inches", probably from Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, February 28, 1874
  • cardstock, pencil
Albumen print (8 x 7 in.) mounted on card stock, titled and inscribed in pencil "Voigtlander 16305." Some minor fingersoiling (possibly inherent) and creasing. Matted, framed, and glazed.


Ex collection of Ewen Whitaker, lunar scientist and astronomer

Catalogue Note

ATTRIBUTED TO THE FIRST MAN TO TAKE A CLEAR PHOTOGRAPH OF THE MOON The attribution to Draper is uncertain, but he is known to have been using a Voigtlander lens for astrophotography around this time. A doctor, he was also a keen astronomer and directed an expedition to photograph the 1874 transit of Venus. "16305" is almost certainly the serial number of the lens, indicating it was manufactured in 1870.