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

Inventory Number: 18946
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 probably 1839, made as a fixing experiment.

Subject: engraving 33179, group in bed chamber including man with stick
Technique: contact copy
Format: horizontal
Polarity: negative
Orientation: laterally reversed
Quality: good
Colour: mauvish pink, several white dots
Chemistry: silver based, the inscription implies fixed with an iodide
Coating: none
Inscription: chemical note
Paper: thin
Condition: good
Purpose: probably a fixing experiment using an iodide.

For fuller descriptive and historical commentary see narratives.
Primary Inscriptions: 'Hydri' [?hydriodate' 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
Dimensions:
Height Width Depth Diameter Unit
90 120 mm

Narratives

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