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

Inventory Number: 70204
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, part of a series trying different procedures with water or hypo and water.

Subject: engraving, no image
Technique: contact copy???
Format: inscription vertical
Polarity: not apparent???
Orientation: not apparent
Quality: no visible image, border
Colour: pale lilac streaks, yellow at bottom left
Chemistry: silver based, fixed with water
Coating: none
Inscription: chemical note
Paper: xxx
Condition: good
Purpose: a fixing experiment using water.

For fuller descriptive and historical commentary see narratives.
Primary Inscriptions: 'P[...?] Water' [partly trimmed away, either pure or pump; 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
125 101 mm


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