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Photograph (Experimental Photogenic Drawing), by Sir John Herschel, June 19, 1839

Inventory Number: 65908
Object Type:
Persons: Sir John Frederick William Herschel (Photographer)
Date Created: 1839
Accession Number: 1928-71
Brief Description: Experimental photogenic drawing by Sir John Herschel, June 19, 1839, made as a fixing experiment, part of a series trying different procedures with water or hypo and water. Pump water is natural well water (as distinct from pure or distilled). Companion of 79457.

Subject: engraving 61514, lady with head-dress
Technique: contact print
Format: vertical
Polarity: negative
Orientation: laterally reversed
Quality: xxx
Colour: pale sepia, brown border
Chemistry: slver based, fixed with water and probably hypo
Coating: none
Inscription: number, date, chemical and procedural notes
Paper: thin
Condition: good
Purpose: a fixing experiment using water and probably hypo.

For fuller descriptive and historical commentary see narratives.
Primary Inscriptions: '504' and '504. June 19/39. Pr' and 'F. with Pump Water --[long dash] Then Hyp [...?] wash. Then | [...?] water 2.02 ? 2 times [...? 3 illegible words]' [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
124 100 mm


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