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Photograph (Experimental Photogenic Drawing, Phytotype), by Sir John Herschel, August 18, 1841

Inventory Number: 16034
Object Type:
Persons: Sir John Frederick William Herschel (Photographer)
Date Created: 1841
Accession Number: 1928-71
Brief Description: Experimental photogenic drawing (phytotype) by Sir John Herschel, August 18, 1841, made during his exploration of alternative sensitising agents to silver salts, the most unusual of which were juices extracted from flower petals, producing these 'vegetable photographs'.

Subject: engraving 63470, lady with beads
Technique: direct-positive contact copy
Format: vertical
Polarity: positive
Orientation: laterally reversed
Quality: faint???
Colour: mustard yellow, back plain
Chemistry: phytotype, dyed with various plant juices including red stock (see inscription)
Coating: none
Inscription: number, chemical note, date
Paper: xxx
Condition: good
Purpose: an experiment with the photographic possibilities of light-sensitive dyes extracted from flower petals.

For fuller descriptive and historical commentary see narratives.
Primary Inscriptions: '1114' and 'VT + RS | + E[...?] | + Guiar' and 'Aug 18/41' [in Herschel's hand].
Provenance: Presented by Miss Herschel and Lady Lubbock in 1928. They were the two surviving and youngest children of Sir John Herschel (Francisca and Constance).
Collection Group: Herschel's Photographic Experiments
Material(s): Paper
Dimensions:
Height Width Depth Diameter Unit
111 96 mm

Narratives

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