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Wrapper from the Photographic Experiments of Sir John Herschel, c.1840 (Watermark 1815)

Inventory Number: 88256
Object Type:
Persons: Sir John Frederick William Herschel
Date Created:
Accession Number: 1928-71
Brief Description: Large sheet of plain paper loosely folded, with no marks other than Herschel's inscription. The wrapper (packet 16 in the Museum's numbering) contains 40 experimental photographs dating from 1839. Among them are some of Herschel's earliest hypo fixing experiments, including the earliest dated specimen in the collection, dated February 7, 1839 (18828).
Primary Inscriptions: 'Class. B.[underlined] | [squiggle] Old Photographs | not quite spoiled' [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
125 179 mm


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