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Photograph (Experimental Photogenic Drawing), by Sir John Herschel, February 28, 1839

Inventory Number: 92655
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, February 28, 1839, made as a fixing and positive printing experiment during the earliest phase of his photographic researches.

Subject: engraving, no clear image except border
Technique: contact copy xxxxx
Format: inscription is horizontal
Polarity: positive
Quality: x
Chemistry: silver based, 'F.C.' may mean ferrocyanate (potassium ferrocyanide)
Inscription: date, chemical note
Paper: xxx
Condition: good
Purpose: a fixing and positive printing experiment, probably using potassium ferrocyanide.

For fuller descriptive and historical commentary see narratives.
Primary Inscriptions: 'Feb.28/39 F.C. 1[?] [... 2 words illegible]' [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
84 120 mm

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