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

Inventory Number: 71508
Object Type:
Persons: Sir John Frederick William Herschel
Date Created:
Accession Number: 1928-71
Brief Description: Re-used letter-cover addressed to 'Sir John F. W. Herschel ... 10 Hanover Terrace', with a wax seal, loosely folded as a simple folder. The wrapper (packet 24 in the Museum's numbering) contains 21 experimental photographs dating from June to August 1839. They are mostly successful, perfected hypo fixing experiments generally of a dark brown colour, with strong contrast and bold brown borders, but some suffer a grey-green discoloration.
Primary Inscriptions: 'Thoroughly fixed | but not fully bleached' [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
182 108 mm


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