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Photograph (Experimental Photogenic Drawing, Phytotype), by Sir John Herschel, c.1841

Inventory Number: 71450
Object Type:
Persons: Sir John Frederick William Herschel (Photographer)
Date Created:
Accession Number: 1928-71
Brief Description: Experimental photogenic drawing (phytotype) by Sir John Herschel, dated September 17, most probably 1841 (compare 16034), made during his exploration of alternative sensitising agents to silver salts, the most unusual of which were juices extracted from flower petals, producing these 'vegetable photographs'.

Subject: engraving, lady in framed mirror
Technique: direct-positive contact copy
Format: vertical
Polarity: positive
Orientation: laterally reversed
Quality: very faint
Colour: pale yellow and pinkish, back plain
Chemistry: phytotype
Coating: none
Inscription: number, note, date
Paper: xxx
Condition: good
Purpose: an experiment with the photographic possibilities of light-sensitive dyes extracted from flower petals.

For fuller descriptive and historical commentary see narratives.
Primary Inscriptions: '1152 | [?]Lob' and 'Sep 17' [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
Dimensions:
Height Width Depth Diameter Unit
93 73 mm

Narratives

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