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Photograph (Experimental Photogenic Drawing), by Sir John Herschel, October 13, 1839

Inventory Number: 23691
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, October 13, 1839, made as a specimen of hypo fixing perfected and for use as a negative in positive printing experiments. Except for slight greenish staining it is one of the most perfect of the silver based, hypo fixed experiments.

Subject: engraving 28374, lady with guitar
Technique: contact copy
Format: vertical
Polarity: negative
Orientation: laterally reversed
Quality: excellent, clean highlights, good detail
Colour: strong brown, darker border, slight greenish stain
Chemistry: silver based, hypo fixed
Coating: ?slightly waxed
Inscription: number, signature, date, chemical note
Paper: thinnish
Condition: good
Purpose: a perfected hypo-fixed negative, used during the later cyanotype experiments for making cyanotype positives.

For fuller descriptive and historical commentary see narratives.
Primary Inscriptions: '623' and 'JFWH. Oct 13 (HS)2' [hyposulphite; 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
133 102 mm


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