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

Inventory Number: 28304
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. The positive cyanotypes that are not direct positives were probably made from a conventional silver-based, hypo-fixed negative (such as 23691).

Subject: engraving 28374, lady with guitar
Technique: contact copy (print) from a negative
Format: vertical
Polarity: positive
Orientation: correct
Quality: good, brighter than 58467 but still no clean highlights
Colour: dark blue (purer blue and the highlights lighter than the companion 58467), plain border and back
Chemistry: cyanotype
Coating: none
Inscription: number
Paper: thick
Condition: good
Purpose: a cyanotype positive printing experiment.

For fuller descriptive and historical commentary see narratives.
Primary Inscriptions: '784'.
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
121 96 mm


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