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

Inventory Number: 65250
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 fixing experiment.

Subject: engraving 23746, landscape with figure on cliff above river
Technique: contact copy
Format: horizontal
Polarity: negative
Orientation: laterally reversed
Quality: barely discernible
Colour: pale yellow, darker border partly yellow and partly brown
Chemistry: silver based, xxxxx
Coating: brown ink stain or retouching on back
Inscription: part of number cut off
Paper: thin
Condition: good
Purpose: a fixing experiment.

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
91 124 mm

Narratives

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