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Photograph (Experimental Photogenic Drawing), by Sir John Herschel, April 19, 1839

Inventory Number: 45077
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, April 19, 1839, made as a fixing and positive printing experiment during the earliest phase of his photographic researches.

Subject: engraving ???60353, ?landscape with figure carrying pot on head
Technique: contact copy (print) from a negative
Format: horizontal
Polarity: positive
Orientation: xxx
Quality: very faint
Colour: xxx
Chemistry: silver based, fixed with distilled water
Coating: none
Inscription: date, chemical note
Paper: thin
Condition: good
Purpose: a fixing experiment using water, and a positive printing experiment.

For fuller descriptive and historical commentary see narratives.
Primary Inscriptions: 'April 19/39 (an old photog). fixed with distilled 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
Height Width Depth Diameter Unit
78 119


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