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

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Inventory Number: 22573
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. No borders, trimmed. An unusual chrysotype variation which has achieved a prettily coloured blue and purple image with excellent detail.

Subject: engraving, lady outdoors holding book on her knee
Technique: contact copy
Format: vertical
Polarity: negative
Orientation: laterally reversed
Quality: excellent
Colour: blue and purple (solid dark areas are purple but open lines are dark blue), plain back
Chemistry: iron based (Herschel's mixture number 716 was ammonio-tartrate of iron, see 48235, to which he has added an iron iodide), developed with gold chloride
Coating: none
Inscription: chemical note, number
Paper: normal
Condition: good
Purpose: an experimental chrysotype.

For fuller descriptive and historical commentary see narratives.
Primary Inscriptions: '716 [?...partly trimmed away]' and 'Perriodur Iron + Ch Gold' [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
80 63 mm


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