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Catalogue Entry 1989

[] Study of an oak leaf by Sir John Herschel, February 26, 1839, from his hypo fixing experiments. Apart from the examples of lace this negative photogenic drawing is Herschel's only contact image of a real object, rather than an engraving or other form of illustration. The mark on the leaf seems to be a large J (backwards).

[From the exhibition booklet Photography 150: Images from the First Generation (Oxford: Museum of the History of Science, 1989)]

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