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Photograph (Experimental Photogenic Drawing), by Sir John Herschel, August 10, 1839

Inventory Number: 77727
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, August 10, 1839, made as a hypo fixing and positive printing experiment. Companion of 31685.

Subject: engraving 60353, landscape with figure carrying pot on head
Technique: contact copy (print) from a negative
Format: horizontal
Polarity: positive
Orientation: laterally reversed
Quality: poor???
Colour: murky pale sepia, stronger at bottom right corner, grey staining, plain back
Chemistry: silver based, hypo fixed
Coating: none
Inscription: number, date, chemical note
Paper: heavy
Condition: good
Purpose: a hypo fixing and positive printing experiment.

For fuller descriptive and historical commentary see narratives.
Primary Inscriptions: '551. Aug 10/39 HSSo' [hyposulphite of soda; 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
86 113 mm

Narratives

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