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Photograph (Experimental Photogenic Drawing), by Sir John Herschel, c.1842

Inventory Number: 35899
Object Type:
Persons: Sir John Frederick William Herschel (Photographer)
Date Created:
Accession Number: 1928-71
Brief Description: Experimental photogenic drawing by Sir John Herschel, dated November 18, probably 1842. A very unusual specimen, on thick paper, with a very long inscription which is mostly illegible. Herschel's mixture number 716 was ammonio-tartrate of iron (see 48235), used in various experiments in 1842-43, especially cyanotype and chrysotype xxxxxxxxxxx.

Subject: engraving, no visible image
Technique: not apparent
Format: inscription horizontal
Polarity: not apparent, border appears lighter (indicating positive) xxxxxxxxx
Orientation: not apparent
Quality: no visible image
Colour: xxx
Chemistry: Herschel's sensitising mixture number 716 was ammonio-tartrate of iron
Coating: none
Inscription: number, long illegible inscription
Paper: heavy
Condition: good
Purpose: xxx.

For fuller descriptive and historical commentary see narratives.
Primary Inscriptions: '716' and '716 [long inscription, very difficult to read].
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
95 116 mm


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