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Photograph (Experimental Photogenic Drawing), by Sir John Herschel, June 11, 1839

Inventory Number: 94526
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 11, 1839. Companion of 46015.

Subject: ?engraving, no image but ?light border
Technique: ?contact copy (print) from a negative
Format: inscription vertical
Polarity: ?positive
Orientation: not apparent
Quality: no image, possibly a light border
Colour: natural paper only slightly discoloured
Chemistry: inscription may imply lead acetate, ammonium chloride, and sodium chloride
Coating: none
Inscription: date, chemical and procedural notes
Paper: xxx
Condition: good
Purpose: if 'A.L' implies a lead salt then it may be a sensitising as well as a fixing and positive printing experiment (compare 46015).

For fuller descriptive and historical commentary see narratives.
Primary Inscriptions: 'Discharged by brine | June 11/39. A.L + W/c. MA' [probably acetate of lead, muriate of ammonia; 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
Dimensions:
Height Width Depth Diameter Unit
110 86 mm

There are no associated narratives.

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