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

Inventory Number: 18678
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 during the earliest phase of his photographic researchesxxx.

Subject: engraving 48233, landscape with steps and double rock
Technique: contact copy
Format: horizontal
Polarity: negative
Orientation: laterally reversed
Quality: poor and faded
Colour: pale reddish brown, yellowy stains, mottled
Chemistry: silver based, fixed with potassium ferrocyanide
Coating: lightly waxed
Inscription: chemical note
Paper: thin
Condition: good
Purpose: a fixing experiment using potassium ferrocyanide.

For fuller descriptive and historical commentary see narratives.
Primary Inscriptions: 'FC. Pot [1 over 100] [...word heavily crossed out] [sun symbol] [... several words heavily crossed out]' [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
84 115 mm


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