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Photograph (Experimental Photogenic Drawing), by Sir John Herschel, August 5, 1839

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Inventory Number: 32610
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, August 5, 1839, made as a fixing experiment, part of a series trying different procedures with water or hypo and water. This led to the perfection of hypo fixing of silver-based images, as represented by this very clean brown image with excellent contrast and detail.

Subject: engraving 60353, landscape with figure carrying pot on head
Technique: contact copy
Format: horizontal
Polarity: negative
Orientation: laterally reversed
Quality: excellent
Colour: brown, dark border
Chemistry: silver based, hypo fixed
Coating: none
Inscription: number, date, chemical note
Paper: thin
Condition: good
Purpose: a fixing experiment using hypo and water and representing hypo fixing perfected.

For fuller descriptive and historical commentary see narratives.
Primary Inscriptions: '546' and '546. Aug 5/39. F.F. W. Strong HS. So' [?fully fixed, water, hyposulphite of soda; 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
Height Width Depth Diameter Unit
100 125 mm


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