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Portrait of Dr. John Salter, London, Ontario

Cooper, John, Photographer
Media Type
Item Type
A formal head and shoulders portrait of Dr. John Salter, nearly in left profile.
Dr. John Salter, born in London England in 1802, was a druggist who opened an apothecary shop first on Ridout Street opposite the courthouse. His drug store was later located on Dundas Street near Clarence Street, the location shown on the map.

Dr. Salter died at the age of 79 in 1881.

This is a copy of an undated photograph taken sometime between 1857(the first year that John Cooper was in business) and 1881 (the year that Dr. Salter died).

The photographer's imprint, including the logo, appears on the front of the card. There are two handwritten inscriptions on the back. The inscription incorrectly gives his death date as 1875.

In transcribing the handwritten inscription on the reverse, it was unclear whether one of the words was actually "bitterness".
Front - John Cooper (and) Chromotype Patent Permanent Photograph (and) J&F Cooper sole Licensees for London & Co.
Reverse - Dr. John Salter settled in London in 1835 a chemist first employed by Smith & Moore in the drug department of their business in the ye 1837 or there abouts. Opened a drug store on his own account which business he conducted up to the time of his death. He married in the ye 1838 Miss Wright a daughter of an Army Officer (I think a Capt) by whom he had several children sons and daughters. He was an Englishman highly educated for the times used to write for the local press making frequent latin quotations and with much bitterness (?) and ability. He was first an Episcopalean but having some difficulty with the Bishop (Cronyn) he left that Church and was for many years a member of the Methodist New Connection Church a man highly esteemed as a citizen. Died in about the year 1875.
Reverse - In 1856 City Directory
Date of Original
ca. 1857-1881
Width: 10.6 cm
Height: 16.3 cm
Image Dimensions
Image Width: 8.5cm
Image Height: 11cm
Local identifier
John Cooper Photograph
Language of Item
Geographic Coverage
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.9843475333138 Longitude: -81.2478672514343
Creative Commons licence
Attribution only [more details]
Copyright Statement
Public domain: Copyright has expired according to Canadian law. No restrictions on use.
Recommended Citation
Ivey Family London Room, London Public Library, London, Ontario, Canada
Reproduction Notes
London Room Photograph Archives - PG E147
London Public Library
Agency street/mail address:

251 Dundas Street

London, ON N6A 6H9

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Portrait of Dr. John Salter, London, Ontario

A formal head and shoulders portrait of Dr. John Salter, nearly in left profile.