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Photograph (Experimental Photogenic Drawing), by Sir John Herschel, October 20, 1839

Inventory Number: 43408
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, October 20, 1839, made as a hypo fixing experiment. Companion of 62958 and 98548.

Subject: engraving 28374, lady with guitar
Technique: contact copy
Format: vertical
Polarity: negative
Orientation: laterally reversed
Quality: pale but good detail
Colour: pale brown on fawn, dark brown border
Chemistry: silver based, presumably hypo fixed
Coating: none
Inscription: number, signature, date
Paper: normal
Condition: good
Purpose: a hypo fixing experiment.

For fuller descriptive and historical commentary see narratives.
Primary Inscriptions: '623' and 'JFWH. Oct 20/39' [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
132 104 mm

Narratives

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