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Photograph (Experimental Photogenic Drawing), by Sir John Herschel, February 17, 1839

Inventory Number: 27005
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, February 17, 1839, made as a hypo fixing and positive printing experiment during the earliest phase of his photographic researches.

Subject: engraving 59552, lady with turban
Technique: contact copy (print) from a anegative
Format: vertical
Polarity: positive
Quality: x
Chemistry: silver based, fixed with water and hypo
Coating: none
Inscription: signature, date, chemical and procedural notes
Paper: thin
Condition: good
Purpose: a hypo fixing and positive printing experiment.

For fuller descriptive and historical commentary see narratives.
Primary Inscriptions: 'Water' and 'J.F.W.H. Photogr. | Feb. 17/39. HS. | Water, Feb. 25' [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
110 84 mm


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