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

Inventory Number: 86911
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. It is an experimental positive made from one of various negatives of Herschel's favourite among his larger-format engravings, which he seldom used. As this is the last item in packet 16, it may have strayed from the adjacent group 17 which contains all the negatives of this engraving.

Subject: engraving 29622, girl with lion
Technique: contact copy (print) of a negative
Format: vertical
Polarity: positive
Orientation: correct??
Quality: very faint
Colour: pale lilac, browned edges both sides
Chemistry: silver based
Coating: none
Inscription: none
Paper: xxx
Condition: good
Purpose: a positive printing experiment, probably made from one of the negatives in packet 17 (for example xxxxx); the unusual colouring suggests it is also a sensitising or fixing experiment, but the chemistry is not noted.

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
Dimensions:
Height Width Depth Diameter Unit
153 117 mm

Narratives

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