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

Inventory Number: 26847
Object Type:
Persons: Sir John Frederick William Herschel (Photographer)
Date Created:
Accession Number: 1928-71
Brief Description: Experimental photogenic drawing by Sir John Herschel, undated but 1839, made as a hypo fixing experiment. The strong brown colour and clean highlights usually belong to the period June-October 1839, when the hypo fixing technique was perfected.

Subject: engraving 63470, lady with beads
Technique: contact copy
Format: vertical
Polarity: negative
Orientation: laterally reversed
Quality: good
Colour: strong brown, fine brown speckling
Chemistry: silver based, presumably hypo fixed
Coating: none
Inscription: none
Paper: thin
Condition: good
Purpose: a hypo fixing experiment from the time when the technique was perfected.

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
Dimensions:
Height Width Depth Diameter Unit
123 94 mm

Narratives

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