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Photograph (Experimental Photogenic Drawing), by Sir John Herschel, c.1839

Inventory Number: 31685
Object Type:
Persons: Sir John Frederick William Herschel (Photographer)
Date Created:
Accession Number: 1928-71
Brief Description: Experimental photogenic drawing by Sir John Herschel, undated but 1839, made as a hypo fixing experiment. Companion of 77727.

Subject: engraving 61514, lady with head-dress
Technique: contact copy (print) from a negative
Format: vertical
Polarity: positive
Orientation: correct
Quality: very faint
Colour: very pale sepia, bottom left corner much stronger, grey and silvery stains, back plain with grey and lilacish stains
Chemistry: silver based, presumably hypo fixed
Coating: none
Inscription: ?number
Paper: normal
Condition: good
Purpose: presumably a hypo fixing experiment.

For fuller descriptive and historical commentary see narratives.
Primary Inscriptions: Number illegible.
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
116 92 mm


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