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Photograph (Experimental Photogenic Drawing), by Sir John Herschel, June 16, 1839

Inventory Number: 95542
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 16, 1839, made as a fixing experiment, part of a series using potassium iodide and monitoring its bleaching effects and after-effects.

Subject: engraving 60353, landscape with figure carrying pot on head
Technique: contact copy (print) from a negative
Format: horizontal
Polarity: positive
Orientation: correct
Quality: barely visible except bottom left corner (compare 34724)
Colour: pale yellow, outer border brown
Chemistry: silver based, fixed with water, sodium chloride, and potassium iodide
Coating: none
Inscription: number, date, chemical and procedural note, extensive quality/inspection notes
Paper: xxx
Condition: good
Purpose: a fixing and bleaching experiment, see above.

For fuller descriptive and historical commentary see narratives.
Primary Inscriptions: '401. --[long dash] | Photog. June 16 | violently overfixed with | W, Brine, & Hydr. Pot | Whitened rapidly in [sun symbol] June 16 | June 17. All the faint parts gone | June 18. Only the strong hard shadows left | Sep 14 These shadows much diminished | The tall outstanding tree nearly gone.' [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
96 128 mm


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