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

Inventory Number: 17522
Object Type:
Persons: Sir John Frederick William Herschel (Photographer)
Date Created:
Accession Number: 1928-71
Brief Description: Experimental photogenic drawing by Sir John Herschel, undated but 1839, made as a fixing experiment.

Subject: ?engraving, no image
Technique: ?contact copy
Format: not apparent
Polarity: not apparent???
Orientation: not apparent
Quality: no visible image, ?signs of border
Colour: pale lilac streaks, plain back
Chemistry: probably silver based and fixed with water (compare 70204)
Coating: none
Inscription: code or number (on front)
Paper: xxx
Condition: good
Purpose: probably a fixing experiment using water.

For fuller descriptive and historical commentary see narratives.
Primary Inscriptions: 'U. A4'.
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
119 87 mm


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