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Photograph (Experimental Photogenic Drawing), by Sir John Herschel, August 10, 1839

Inventory Number: 23449
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 10, 1839, made as a fixing experiment during the series of experiments using hypo and water in which hypo fixing was perfected.

Subject: engraving 36245, lady in oval
Technique: contact copy
Format: vertical
Polarity: negative
Orientation: laterally reversed
Quality: xxx
Colour: pale sepia, grey and grey-green discoloration, parts of dark brown border
Chemistry: silver based, presumably hypo fixed
Coating: none
Inscription: number, date
Paper: thin
Condition: good
Purpose: a fixing experiment.

For fuller descriptive and historical commentary see narratives.
Primary Inscriptions: '550' and '550 Aug 10/39' [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
125 99 mm

Narratives

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