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Photograph (Experimental Photogenic Drawing), by Sir John Herschel, August 3, 1839

Inventory Number: 32784
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 3, 1839, made as a fixing experiment, part of a series trying different procedures with water or hypo and water. It is unclear whether the inscription refers to pure water or pump water (as 65908 in the same packet).

Subject: engraving, ?lady
Technique: contact copy
Format: vertical
Polarity: negative
Orientation: laterally reversed
Quality: xxx
Colour: blotchy grey and sepia, brown border
Chemistry: silver based, hypo fixed
Coating: none
Inscription: number, date, chemical and procedural note
Paper: thin
Condition: good
Purpose: a fixing experiment using hypo and water.

For fuller descriptive and historical commentary see narratives.
Primary Inscriptions: '544' and '544. Aug 3/39 | F 1st pr[?] W --[long dash] the Strong HSul Sod' [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
Dimensions:
Height Width Depth Diameter Unit
124 99 mm

Narratives

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