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Photograph (Experimental Photogenic Drawing, Chrysotype), by Sir John Herschel, c.1842

Inventory Number: 17722
Object Type:
Persons: Sir John Frederick William Herschel (Photographer)
Date Created:
Accession Number: 1928-71
Brief Description: Experimental photogenic drawing (chrysotype) by Sir John Herschel, undated, c.1842.

Subject: engraving, lady outdoors holding book on her knee
Technique: contact copy
Format: vertical
Polarity: negative
Orientation: laterally reversed
Quality: too dark at centre but excellent detail elsewhere
Colour: purple, very dark purple border, plain back with mark from adjacent paper
Chemistry: iron based, developed with gold chloride
Coating: none
Inscription: number
Paper: thin???
Condition: good
Purpose: an experimental chrysotype.

For fuller descriptive and historical commentary see narratives.
Primary Inscriptions: '724'.
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
132 104 mm


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