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Wrapper from the Photographic Experiments of Sir John Herschel, c.1840

Inventory Number: 66384
Object Type:
Persons: Sir John Frederick William Herschel
Date Created:
Accession Number: 1928-71
Brief Description: Loosely folded plain paper. The wrapper (packet 21 in the Museum's numbering) contains 2 experimental photographs dating from 1839, both positives with the chemical batch number 551.
R. T. Gunther's modern annotation is incorrect, the lilac colour of the 2 photographs making him think they may be chrysotypes.
Primary Inscriptions: 'Best + | not quite fixed' [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
100 131 mm


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