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

Inventory Number: 90963
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 hypo fixing experiment during the earliest phase of his photographic researches xxx. One of 5 experimental photogenic drawings which Herschel has put aside in a packet (packet 18 in the Museum's numbering) inscribed 'Class. C | Spoiled and Bad | Photographs | To be merely preserved | as memoranda'.

Subject: engraving 38697, urban scene with large archway
Technique: contact copy
Format: vertical
Polarity: negative
Orientation: laterally reversed
Quality: very faint
Colour: xxx
Chemistry: silver based, presumably hypo fixed
Coating: none
Inscription: none
Paper: thin
Condition: good
Purpose: presumably a fixing experiment.

For fuller descriptive and historical commentary see narratives.
Primary Inscriptions:
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
105 77 mm

There are no associated narratives.

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