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

Inventory Number: 42328
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 experiment.

Subject: engraving, lady in framed mirror
Technique: contact copy
Format: vertical
Polarity: negative
Orientation: laterally reversed
Quality: x
Colour: xxx
Chemistry: silver based, fixed with water
Coating: none
Inscription: chemical note
Paper: xxx
Condition: good
Purpose: a fixing experiment using water.

For fuller descriptive and historical commentary see narratives.
Primary Inscriptions: 'Pure Water' [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
102 81 mm

Narratives

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