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Photograph (Experimental Photogenic Drawing) of Lace, by Sir John Herschel, 1839

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Inventory Number: 26027
Object Type:
Persons: Sir John Frederick William Herschel (Photographer)
Date Created:
Accession Number: 1928-71
Brief Description: Experimental photogenic drawing of lace by Sir John Herschel, undated but 1839. One of only two examples of Herschel departing from his use of engravings and using lace as a photographic test object (the other is 30855). The chemistry is not noted, though the unusual rust red colour suggests a variation.

Subject: lace of plain diamond net
Technique: contact copy
Format: not apparent
Polarity: negative
Orientation: not apparent
Quality: good, lace pattern very clear
Colour: rusty red, yellowy at one edge and two corners, dark marks and line may be on original or background
Chemistry: presumably silver based and hypo fixed, though the colour is unusual
Coating: none
Inscription: none
Paper: thin
Condition: good
Purpose: probably a fixing experiment, though chiefly a trail of lace as a test object, see above.

For fuller descriptive and historical commentary see narratives.
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
125 93 mm


Image with multimedia irn 18480

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