Group portrait of twelve members of the Society for Medical Improvement

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Copy of a daguerreotype depicting a studio portrait of twelve members of the Society for Medical Improvement: Zabdiel Boylston Adams (1793-1855); Jacob Bigelow (1786-1879); Walter Channing (1786-1876); John C. Hayden; John Homans; David Osgood; John Barnard Swett Jackson (1806-1879); Charles Gideon Putnam; Edward Reynolds (1793-1881); David Humphreys Storer (1804-1891); Solomon Townsend; and John Ware (1795-1864).


Descriptive Terms

group portraits
clubs (associations)
men (male humans)
albumen prints


OVP0305: Recto of mount: [from left to right:] Charles Putnam D. Humphrey Storer, Edward Reynolds David Osgood John C. Hayden J.B.S. Jackson Solomon Townsend, Zabdiel Boylston Adams, John Homans John Ware Jacob Bigelow Walter Channing; Verso of mount, OVP 305: one of these doctors died in 1855 -- so the daguerreotype must have been made before that [left to right, above attached captions:] Chas. Putnam Dr. Humphrey Storer 9living 1887) Edw. Reynolds David Osgood John C. Hayden J.B.S. Jackson [left to right, below attached captions:] Solomon Townsend JB Adams John Homans John Ware Jacob Bigelow Walter Channing [attached to verso of mount:] [handwritten captions with full names of subjects and dates of death] [newspaper clipping titled "Physicians of Other Days"] {19 Jan 1916 Miss EEP Holland}; OVP0306: [verso of mount:] My father's medical club 1850 [twice, in pencil and ink:] 1. Dr. Putnam 2. Dr. Townsend 3. Dr. Storer 4. Dr. Adams 5. Dr. Reynolds 6. Dr. Homans 7. Dr. Osgood 8. Dr. Ware 9. Dr. Hayden 10. Dr. Bigelow 11. Dr. Jackson 12, Dr. Channing Gift of the Estate Mrs. James H. Beal 25 March 1920

Additional Identification Number

OVP Photo Database Number 157
OVP Number OVP0305 ; OVP0306

Physical Description

2 photographic prints

Collection Code


Collection Name

General photographic collection

Date of Acquisition

25 March 1920 (copy 2)

Reference Code


Image Dimensions

9.875 x 13.75 (HxW)(inches)

Credit Line

Copy one (OVP0305), gift of Miss E.E.P. Holland. Copy two (OVP0306), gift of the estate of Mrs. James H. Beal.


Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)

Record Details

Material Type

albumen prints

Other People

Adams, Zabdiel Boylston, 1793-1855
Bigelow, Jacob, 1786-1879
Channing, Walter, 1786-1876
Hayden, John C.
Homans, John
Jackson, J. B. S. (John Barnard Swett), 1806-1879
Osgood, David
Putnam, Charles Gideon
Reynolds, Edward, 1793-1881
Storer, David Humphreys, 1804-1891
Townsend, Solomon David, Dr.
Ware, John, 1795-1864

Other Organizations

Society for Medical Improvement (Boston, Mass.)


Copy one (OVP0305), ink on recto, warped; Copy two (OVP0306), warped.

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