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

Inventory Number: 64858
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 smaller slip of paper than usual, half stained fawn and half natural paper colour. This may imply that it is merely a test paper, for instance a staining test; however, pure or distilled water was one of the fixatives Herschel tried, and a hint of part of a light border in the stained part suggests there was originally an image.

Subject: ?engraving, no discernible image but ?part of light border
Technique: ?contact copy (print) from a negative
Format: inscription vertical
Polarity: ?positive
Orientation: not apparent
Quality: no discernible image, ?part of light border
Colour: fawn and natural paper colour
Chemistry: ?silver based, fixed or stained with pure water
Coating: none
Inscription: chemical note
Paper: normal
Condition: good
Purpose: see above.

For fuller descriptive and historical commentary see narratives.
Primary Inscriptions: 'pure water' [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
76 49 mm


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