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Photograph (Experimental Photogenic Drawing), by Sir John Herschel, February 27, 1839

Inventory Number: 52509
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, February 27, 1839, made as a fixing and positive printing experiment during the earliest phase of his photographic researches.

Subject: engraving, image indistinct
Technique: contact copy (print) from a negative
Format: inscription horizontal
Polarity: positive
Orientation:
Quality: x
Colour:
Chemistry: silver based, fixed with sodium chloride
Coating: none
Inscription: date, chemical note
Paper: xxx
Condition: good
Purpose: a positive printing and fixing experiment, using sodium chloride.

For fuller descriptive and historical commentary see narratives.
Primary Inscriptions: 'Feb.27/39 Strong Mur Sod' [muriate of soda; 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
85 111 mm

Narratives

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