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

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Inventory Number: 18871
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 that led to the perfecting of the technique. Except for a few greenish-coloured spots this is a good example of perfected hypo fixing.

Subject: engraving 61514, lady with head-dress
Technique: contact copy
Format: vertical
Polarity: negative
Orientation: laterally reversed
Quality: good, clean highlights, excellent detail
Colour: strong brown, darker border, several greenish spots which show through on back (and are therefore probably drips)
Chemistry: silver based, hypo fixed
Coating: none
Inscription: number, date, chemical note
Paper: normal
Condition: good
Purpose: a perfected hypo-fixed negative xxxxx.

For fuller descriptive and historical commentary see narratives.
Primary Inscriptions: '543 --[long dash] Aug 5/39 F.F. --[long dash] W, Strong HS So' [?fully fixed, water, hyposulphite of soda; 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
109 86 mm


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