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Photograph (Experimental Photogenic Drawing), by Sir John Herschel, April 19, 1839

Inventory Number: 31741
Object Type:
Persons: Sir John Frederick William Herschel (Photographer)
Date Created: 1839
Accession Number: 1928-71
Brief Description: Experimental photogenic drawing by Sir John Herschel, April 19, 1839, made as a fixing experiment during the earliest phase of his photographic researches. Compare the pinkish colouring of the lace image of the same date (30855).

Subject: engraving 33179, group in bed chamber including man with stick
Technique: contact copy
Format: horizontal
Polarity: negative
Orientation: laterally reversed
Quality: pale but some detail
Colour: pale pink, brown border (pink at left)
Chemistry: presumably silver based and hypo fixed, though the colour is unusual
Coating: none
Inscription: date
Paper: thin
Condition: good
Purpose: a fixing experiment.

For fuller descriptive and historical commentary see narratives.
Primary Inscriptions: 'April 19/39' [in Herschel's hand].
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
89 120 mm

Narratives

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