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

Inventory Number: 50873
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, undated but 1839, made as a fixing experiment, part of a series trying different procedures with water or hypo and water.

Subject: engraving 40546, lady with laurel crown
Technique: contact copy
Format: vertical
Polarity: negative
Orientation: laterally reversed
Quality: xxx
Colour: sepia, dark brown border
Chemistry: silver based, presumably hypo fixed
Coating: border retouched on back with black ink
Inscription: obscured by retouched border
Paper: thin
Condition: good
Purpose: a fixing 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
104 84 mm

Narratives

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