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Solomon Andrews

Solomon Andrews
Artist
Robert Cornelius, 01 Mar 1809 - 10 Aug 1893
Sitter
Solomon Andrews, 15 Feb 1806 - 17 Oct 1872
Date
c. 1842
Type
Photograph
Medium
Sixth-plate daguerreotype
Dimensions
Image: 7.8 × 6.5 cm (3 1/16 × 2 9/16")
Case Open: 9.5 × 16.3 × 0.6 cm (3 3/4 × 6 7/16 × 1/4")
Case Closed: 9.5 × 8 × 1.3 cm (3 3/4 × 3 1/8 × 1/2")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Restrictions & Rights
CC0
Object number
NPG.2002.374
Exhibition Label
Solomon Andrews was a physician by profession, but it was as the inventor of at least two dozen devices-from a gas lamp to a combination lock-that he built his reputation and his fortune. Andrews's greatest achievement was in the field of balloon aviation, where he developed the world's first self-propelled, steerable airship. Hailed as "the most extraordinary invention of the age," the Aereon made its maiden flight in June 1863, piloted by its intrepid inventor. This early daguerrean likeness of Andrews was taken by Robert Cornelius, who established one of the first portrait studios in America in 1840.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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Place
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