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Wrapper from the Photographic Experiments of Sir John Herschel, 1841

Inventory Number: 66753
Object Type:
Persons: Sir John Frederick William Herschel
Date Created: 1841
Accession Number: 1928-71
Brief Description: Home-made envelope made from part of the paper covers of a part-work [The Rhine, Italy, & Greece Illustrated, 1841], containing (on the inside of the envelope) book advertisements for the publisher Fisher, Son, & Co. Pinkish in colour. This serial publication was one of the sources for the engravings used in Herschel's experiments. The wrapper (packet 14 in the Museum's numbering) contains 18 prepared (sensitised) papers treated with Herschel's chemical preparations 790 and 792, prepared in 1841 or 1842 at the time of his cyanotype and related experiments.
Primary Inscriptions: 'Blanks prepared with | [No 816 | Ammonio Citrate | of | Iron. (all deleted)] Perioduret of Iron' on one side [in Herschel's hand]; 'Cyanotype' in pencil on back.
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
113 136 mm


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