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

Inventory Number: 59645
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, c.1842. Herschel's sensitising preparation 724 was in use in 1842 in connection with his chrysotype experiments, but a variant experimental procedure has evidently been used here.

Subject: engraving 20908, two ladies with weeping boy
Technique: contact copy
Format: horizontal (inscription vertical)
Polarity: negative
Orientation: laterally reversed
Quality: barely discernible
Colour: mustard yellow, slightly darker border
Chemistry: presumably iron based
Coating: none
Inscription: number, procedural note
Paper: thin
Condition: good
Purpose: not apparent (see above).

For fuller descriptive and historical commentary see narratives.
Primary Inscriptions: '724 both sides' [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
Height Width Depth Diameter Unit
93 120 mm


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