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Photograph (Experimental Photogenic Drawing), by Sir John Herschel, August 8, 1839

Inventory Number: 89165
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 8, 1839, made as a hypo fixing experiment during the series of experiments using hypo and water in which hypo fixing was perfected. Wide border.

Subject: engraving xxx, lady with flowers
Technique: contact copy
Format: vertical
Polarity: negative
Orientation: laterally reversed
Quality: good, excellent highlights and detail
Colour: strong reddish brown, darker brown border
Chemistry: silver based, hypo fixed
Coating: none
Inscription: number, date, chemical note
Paper: thin
Condition: good
Purpose: a perfected hypo fixing experiment.

For fuller descriptive and historical commentary see narratives.
Primary Inscriptions: '548. Aug 8/39 FF. W then HS So' [fully fixed, water, 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
Height Width Depth Diameter Unit
124 101 mm


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