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Manuscript Note from the Photographic Experiments of Sir John Herschel, c.1842

Inventory Number: 23362
Object Type:
Persons: Sir John Frederick William Herschel (Writer)
Date Created:
Accession Number: 1928-71
Brief Description: Small slip of paper shaped like a bookmark, inscribed at the head by Sir John Herschel with his suggested name for the class of photographs he invented using juices extracted from flower petals. On the wrapper and in his published account he uses the term 'vegetable photograph', so the word 'phytotype' never in fact gained currency, though it has been used by the Museum.

For fuller descriptive and historical commentary see narratives.
Primary Inscriptions: 'Phytotype | (vegetable colours)' [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
113 36 mm


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