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

Inventory Number: 43534
Object Type:
Persons: Sir John Frederick William Herschel (Photographer)
Date Created:
Accession Number: 1928-71
Brief Description: Experimental photogenic drawing (cyanotype) by Sir John Herschel, undated, c.1842. Paper has part of a B & TS 1832 watermark.

Subject: engraving 14279, lady and girl reading a book
Technique: contact copy (print) from a negative
Format: vertical
Polarity: positive
Orientation: correct
Quality: rather dark and grainy
Colour: strong blue, pale blue border, plain back
Chemistry: cyanotype
Coating: none
Inscription: none
Paper: normal
Condition: crease that shows as dark line across image, white marks (?surface abrasion) on lady's face
Purpose: a cyanotype 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
121 95 mm

Narratives

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