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

Inventory Number: 18784
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 and positive printing experiment. Its unusual colouring, and perhaps the silver tarnishing at the edges, indicates a variant fixing or even senitising chemistry.

Subject: engraving 61514, lady with head-dress
Technique: contact copy (print) from a negative
Format: vertical
Polarity: positive
Orientation: correct
Quality: fair
Colour: pale wine red, natural highlights, browing and silver tarnishing at edges
Chemistry: presumably silver based
Coating: none
Inscription: number
Paper: heavy
Condition: good
Purpose: a fixing and positive printing experiment.

For fuller descriptive and historical commentary see narratives.
Primary Inscriptions: '511'.
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
120 97 mm


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