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Photograph (Experimental Photogenic Drawing, Cyanotype), by Sir John Herschel, June 18, 1843

Inventory Number: 26707
Object Type:
Persons: Sir John Frederick William Herschel (Photographer)
Date Created: 1843
Accession Number: 1928-71
Brief Description: Experimental photogenic drawing (cyanotype) by Sir John Herschel, June [?or January] 18, 1843 (the last digit of the inscription resembles an incomplete 0 but is a poorly executed 3).

Subject: engraving, lady with forehead jewel and book
Technique: contact copy
Format: vertical
Polarity: negative
Orientation: laterally reversed
Quality: good, clear highlights
Colour: pale blue, white highlights, darker blue border
Chemistry: cyanotype
Coating: none
Inscription: number, procedural note, date
Paper: thin
Condition: good
Purpose: a cyanotype experiment.

For fuller descriptive and historical commentary see narratives.
Primary Inscriptions: '793 15m- Gloom. June[?] 18/43' [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
124 101 mm


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