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Photograph (Experimental Photogenic Drawing), by Sir John Herschel, August 5, 1839

Inventory Number: 16787
Object Type:
Persons: Sir John Frederick William Herschel (Photographer)
Date Created: 1839
Accession Number: 1928-71
Brief Description: Experimental photogenic drawing by Sir John Herschel, August 5, 1839, made as a hypo fixing experiment during the series of experiments with hypo and water in which hypo fixing was perfected.

Subject: engraving, lady seated with arm on book
Technique: contact copy
Format: vertical
Polarity: negative
Orientation: laterally reversed
Quality: good, very clean highlights
Colour: strong brown, white highlights, dark brown border
Chemistry: silver based, hypo fixed
Coating: none
Inscription: number, date, chemical note
Paper: thin
Condition: good
Purpose: a hypo fixing experiment representing the process perfected.

For fuller descriptive and historical commentary see narratives.
Primary Inscriptions: '548. Aug 5/39 Strong HS. So' [hyposulphite of soda; the date 5 altered from 4; 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
Height Width Depth Diameter Unit
100 87 mm


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