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Photograph (Experimental Photogenic Drawing, Cyanotype), by Sir John Herschel, c.1842

Inventory Number: 27333
Object Type:
Persons: Sir John Frederick William Herschel (Photographer)
Date Created:
Accession Number: 1928-71
Brief Description: Experimental photogenic drawing (cyanotype) by Sir John Herschel, undated, c.1842, made in the course of the experiments in which he invented the cyanotype.

Subject: engraving, lady with harp
Technique: contact copy
Format: vertical
Polarity: negative
Orientation: laterally reversed (harp left???
Quality: clean highlights, good detail except in too dark parts
Colour: strong blue with very dark darks and clean white highlights, same dark border
Chemistry: cyanotype
Coating: none
Inscription: number
Paper: thin
Condition: good
Purpose: a cyanotype experiment.

For fuller descriptive and historical commentary see narratives.
Primary Inscriptions: '793' twice.
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
124 99 mm

Narratives

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