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Photograph (Experimental Photogenic Drawing) of Heather (Erica Mutabilis), by W. H. Fox Talbot, from the Photographic Experiments of Sir John Herschel, March 1839

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Inventory Number: 49660
Object Type:
Persons: William Henry Fox Talbot (Photographer)
Sir John Frederick William Herschel (Owner)
Date Created: 1839
Accession Number: 1928-71
Brief Description: Experimental photogenic drawing of a piece of heather by W. H. F. Talbot, March 1839. It is unusual in being on a piece of stiff card, and of regular rectangular shape. The entire specimen is very dark wine-red/mauve, the image indistinct and of similar colour. The card shows silver tarnishing at the edges and especially the corners, and is dark greenish on the back. Given to Herschel by Talbot as a specimen of the current state of his photogenic drawing process.

For fuller descriptive and historical commentary see narratives.
Primary Inscriptions: 'H.F.T. March 1839 | Erica mutabilis' [in Talbot'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): Card
Dimensions:
Height Width Depth Diameter Unit
123 113 mm

Narratives

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