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Photograph (Experimental Photogenic Drawing), by Sir John Herschel, June 16, 1839

Inventory Number: 89310
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, June 16, 1839, made as a fixing experiment, part of a series using potassium iodide and monitoring its bleaching effects and after-effects.

Subject: engraving, ?lady
Technique: contact copy (print) from a negative
Format: ?vertical
Polarity: positive
Orientation: not apparent
Quality: xxx
Colour: pale yellow and brownish, outer border brown
Chemistry: silver based, fixed with sodium chloride and potassium iodide
Coating: none
Inscription: number, date, chemical and procedural note, inspection/quality note
Paper: xxx
Condition: good
Purpose: a fixing and bleaching experiment, see above.

For fuller descriptive and historical commentary see narratives.
Primary Inscriptions: '401. --[long dash] Phot. June 16 | Overfixed by W, S, Hydriod Pot | June 18. All the lights are hard & white | but the strong shadows not touched' [water, salt, hydriodate of potash; 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
118 92 mm


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