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

Inventory Number: 72601
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 and also used as a negative in positive printing experiments. The usual border has been trimmed away, though a small part remains indicating that it was retouched in ink; the sky has also been retouched on the back using black ink.

Subject: engraving 60353, landscape with figure carrying pot on head
Technique: contact copy
Format: horizontal
Polarity: negative
Orientation: laterally reversed
Quality: good
Colour: pale brown, black ink
Chemistry: silver based, presumably hypo fixed
Coating: black ink retouching on back and to border
Inscription: none
Paper: thin
Condition: good
Purpose: presumably a hypo fixing experiment, also used as a negative in positive printing (and retouching) experiments.

For fuller descriptive and historical commentary see narratives.
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
78 110 mm


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