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Photograph (Experimental Photogenic Drawing), by Sir John Herschel, February 17, 1839

Inventory Number: 73505
Object Type:
Persons: Sir John Frederick William Herschel (Photographer)
Date Created: 1839
Accession Number: 1928-71
Brief Description: Experimental photogenic drawing by Sir John Herschel, February 17, 1839, made as a fixing experiment during the earliest phase of his photographic researches. The paper has been trimmed, cutting the border (and most of the original inscription) away. The inscription indicates that the photograph was exposed on February 17 and treated with water (as an experimental fixative) on February 25.

Subject: engraving 61514, lady with head-dress
Technique: contact copy (print) from a negative
Format: vertical
Polarity: positive
Orientation: correct
Quality: x
Colour: xxx
Chemistry: silver based, fixed with water
Coating: none
Inscription: date, chemical note
Paper: thin
Condition: good
Purpose: a positive printing experiment and a fixing experiment using water; it is not clear why the paper was cut down.

For fuller descriptive and historical commentary see narratives.
Primary Inscriptions: 'Water' and 'Feb 25 Water) (Feb.17/39 Phot' [replacing inscription which has been cut away; 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
105 80 mm


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