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

Inventory Number: 60166
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 potassium ferrocyanide fixing or related experiment. Yellow and blue, mixed together with a cloudy effect (compare 33336, of February 16, 1839). Although there is no visible image, slight hint of a border suggests it is a failed image of an engraving.

Subject: ?engraving, no visible image, slight hint of darker border
Technique: ?contact copy
Format: not apparent
Polarity: ?negative
Orientation: not apparent
Quality: no visible image
Colour: yellow and blue, cloudy effect
Chemistry: probably silver based, fixed with potassium ferrocyanide
Coating: none
Inscription: none
Paper: normal, thinnish
Condition: good
Purpose: a potassium ferrocyanide fixing or related experiment.

For fuller descriptive and historical commentary see narratives.
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
81 110 mm


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