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Photograph (Experimental Photogenic Drawing), by Sir John Herschel, February 24, 1839

Inventory Number: 93427
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 24, 1839, made as a fixing and positive printing experiment during the earliest phase of his photographic researches. The inscription indicates that it was exposed on February 24 and treated with water on 25 (compare 73505).

Subject: engraving, image indistinct, ?landscape
Technique: contact copy (print) from a negative
Format: horizontal
Polarity: positive
Orientation: xxx
Quality: x
Chemistry: silver based, fixed with water
Coating: none
Inscription: date, chemical note
Paper: xxx
Condition: good
Purpose: a positive printing experiment and a fixing experiment using water.

For fuller descriptive and historical commentary see narratives.
Primary Inscriptions: 'Photog. Feb. 24 [corrected from 25] Water Feb. 25' [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
83 118 mm


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