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

Inventory Number: 85853
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 hypo fixing and translucency experiment.

Subject: engraving xxxxx, oriental landscape with barge and buildings
Technique: contact copy
Format: horizontal
Polarity: negative
Orientation: laterally reversed
Quality: poor, dense
Colour: very dark amber, grainy yellow to transmitted light, dark brown to greenish brown border
Chemistry: silver based, presumably hypo fixed
Coating: oiled
Inscription: none
Paper: xxx
Condition: good but brittle, small hole
Purpose: a hypo fixing and translucency experiment.

For fuller descriptive and historical commentary see narratives.
Primary Inscriptions:
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
100 124 mm

Narratives

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