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

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Inventory Number: 28099
Object Type:
Persons: Sir John Frederick William Herschel (Photographer)
Date Created:
Accession Number: 1928-71
Brief Description: Experimental photogenic drawing (chrysotype) by Sir John Herschel, undated, c.1842, probably an experimental chrysotype, or possibly an argentotype (the silver process invented simultaneously, giving a similar but more brownish colouring). Since the argentotypes that can been identified in the collection (19112, 82025) are both defective, it is perhaps more likely that this is merely a brownish chrysotype.

Subject: engraving 61514, lady with head-dress
Technique: contact copy
Format: vertical
Polarity: negative
Orientation: laterally reversed
Quality: excellent highlights and detail
Colour: dark brownish purple
Chemistry: probably a chrysotype
Coating: none
Inscription: none
Paper: thin
Condition: good
Purpose: probably an experimental chrysotype or argentotype.

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
116 91 mm

Narratives

Image with multimedia irn 18450

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