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Wrapper from the Photographic Experiments of Sir John Herschel, Probably 1844

Inventory Number: 91242
Object Type:
Persons: Sir John Frederick William Herschel
Date Created:
Accession Number: 1928-71
Brief Description: Stiff card simply folded as a folder, no other inscriptions, small rust mark. The wrapper (packet 32 in the Museum's numbering) contains 3 experimental photographs conforming to the inscription, made in 1842-43. Unusual among Herschel's wrappers, the reason is that it contains photographs that Herschel extracted from adjacent packets (the cyanotype probably from 30 and the amphitypes from 33) and lent to someone, possibly (Schultze suggests) in 1844, though 'very old impressions' may suggest later. Hence the note, which asks for them to be returned via Herschel's brother-in-law John Stewart.
Primary Inscriptions: '1 Cyanotype | 2 Amphitype | both much faded very | old impressions | Dr Sir | When done with if | sent to care of Mr | Stewart 65 Cornhill | they will come safe | to hand' [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): Card
Height Width Depth Diameter Unit
131 105 mm


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