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

Inventory Number: 89167
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 specimen of hypo fixing perfected and for use as a negative in positive printing experiments; oiled and showing an excellent brown image with clean highlights to transmitted light.

Subject: engraving xxx, lady leaning on elbow
Technique: contact copy
Format: vertical
Polarity: negative
Orientation: laterally reversed
Quality: excellent
Colour: brown and amber, brownish sepia with clean lights to transmitted light
Chemistry: silver based, hypo fixed
Coating: oiled
Inscription: number
Paper: thin
Condition: good
Purpose: a perfected hypo fixing experiment or negative made for use in positive printing experiments.

For fuller descriptive and historical commentary see narratives.
Primary Inscriptions: '587' [8?].
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
126 99 mm


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