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Photograph (Experimental Photogenic Drawing, Cyanotype), by Sir John Herschel, April 24, 1842

Inventory Number: 28533
Object Type:
Persons: Sir John Frederick William Herschel (Photographer)
Date Created: 1842
Accession Number: 1928-71
Brief Description: Experimental photogenic drawing (cyanotype) by Sir John Herschel, April 24, 1842, made in the course of the experiments in which he invented the cyanotype.

Subject: engraving, two ladies
Technique: contact copy
Format: vertical
Polarity: negative
Orientation: laterally reversed
Quality: mostly faint, uneven intensity, faded to very pale green at right and top right
Colour: pale blue, darker border, pale green in faded parts
Chemistry: cyanotype
Coating: none
Inscription: numbers, date
Paper: normal
Condition: good
Purpose: a cyanotype experiment.

For fuller descriptive and historical commentary see narratives.
Primary Inscriptions: '697' and '697 Apl 24/42' [in Herschel's hand]. Also on front: '696.3'.
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 90 mm


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