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

Inventory Number: 53707
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, made in the course of the experiments in which he invented the cyanotype. One of 3 photographs extracted and lent to someone by Herschel and remaining in a separate folder (91242, packet 32).

Subject: engraving 28734, lady with guitar
Technique: contact copy (print) from a negative
Format: vertical
Polarity: positive
Orientation: correct
Quality: poor, seemingly faded
Colour: strong blue at top of image only, rest pale greenish blue, clean highlights and border
Chemistry: cyanotype
Coating: none
Inscription: number
Paper: thin
Condition: good
Purpose: a cyanotype experiment.

For fuller descriptive and historical commentary see narratives.
Primary Inscriptions: '793' twice.
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
122 98 mm

Narratives

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