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

Inventory Number: 35406
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 probably 1839.

Subject: engraving 60353, landscape with figure carrying pot on head
Technique: contact copy (print) from a negative
Format: horizontal
Polarity: positive
Orientation: correct
Quality: extremely faint
Colour: fawn both sides, small brown blotches in darker part of image
Chemistry: presumably silver based, probably hypo fixed
Coating: none
Inscription: none
Paper: normal
Condition: good
Purpose: a positive printing experiment, presumably also a fixing experiment.

For fuller descriptive and historical commentary see narratives.
Primary Inscriptions:
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
89 122 mm

Narratives

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