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

Inventory Number: 53726
Object Type:
Persons: Sir John Frederick William Herschel (Photographer)
Date Created:
Accession Number: 1928-71
Brief Description: Experimental photogenic drawing by Sir John Herschel, undated but 1839, a perfected hypo fixing experiment. Wide margin.

Subject: engraving 40546, lady with laurel crown
Technique: contact copy
Format: vertical
Polarity: negative
Orientation: laterally reversed
Quality: good, excellent highlights and detail, and relief to face
Colour: brown, darker border
Chemistry: silver based, hypo fixed
Coating: none
Inscription: none
Paper: thin
Condition: good
Purpose: a perfected hypo-fixed negative, probably used for making experimental positives by other processes such as cyanotype.

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
108 101 mm

Narratives

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