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Printed Instruction Sheet for Robert Hunt's Photogenic Drawing Process, from the Photographic Experiments of Sir John Herschel, 1839

Inventory Number: 86717
Object Type:
Persons: Robert Hunt Sir John Frederick William Herschel (Owner)
Date Created:
Accession Number: 1928-71
Brief Description: Small leaflet, approximately 6 by 5 inches, printed on one side only with instructions for making camera images, for making 'Surface Drawings' (contact copies), and brief instructions on fixing and storage. Except for fixing in water, chemical details are not included. Hunt's name is not mentioned (but it was printed in Devonport), but it was issued to accompany the prepared paper and bottle of sensitising chemical briefly marketed by Hunt in 1839.

For fuller descriptive and historical commentary, and transcription, see narratives.
Primary Inscriptions: Printed text headed: 'Directions | for using the | Photographic Drawing Paper, | And for taking Views with the Camera Obscura.'; the word 'And' has been crossed out in ink and the 'f' of 'for' amended to a capital with the intention of transforming the line into a subheading. The other subheading reads: 'For Surface Drawings.'. Printer's line at the bottom: 'W. Richards, Printer (Telegraph-Office), Devonport.'.
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
157 125 mm


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