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

Inventory Number: 54835
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, made as a hypo fixing or translucency experiment.

Subject: engraving 59552, lady with turban
Technique: contact copy
Format: vertical
Polarity: negative
Orientation: laterally reversed
Quality: poor
Colour: yellowy amber, with light speckles, dark brown border, pale yellowy sepia to transmitted light
Chemistry: silver based, hypo fixed
Coating: oiled or waxed
Inscription: number
Paper: thin
Condition: top corners torn away, tear at bottom
Purpose: a hypo fixing experiment.

For fuller descriptive and historical commentary see narratives.
Primary Inscriptions: '542'.
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
124 99 mm

Narratives

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