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

Inventory Number: 33560
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 fixing and positive printing experiment. The double border, inner light and outer dark, is typical of positives make on slightly larger paper than the negative.

Subject: engraving 60353, landscape with figure carrying pot on head
Technique: contact copy (print) from a negative
Format: horizontal
Polarity: positive
Orientation: correct
Quality: xxx
Colour: lilac, pale lilac back
Chemistry: silver based
Coating: none
Inscription: number
Paper: xxx
Condition: good
Purpose: a fixing and positive printing experiment.

For fuller descriptive and historical commentary see narratives.
Primary Inscriptions: '551'.
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
94 113 mm


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