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Wrapper from the Photographic Experiments of Sir John Herschel, 1840/41

Inventory Number: 95930
Object Type:
Persons: Sir John Frederick William Herschel
Date Created:
Accession Number: 1928-71
Brief Description: Home-made envelope of plain brown paper. The wrapper (packet 11 in the Museum's numbering) is empty. It formerly contained prepared (sensitised) papers for Talbot's calotype process, probably supplied to Herschel by Talbot soon after he invented it (in September 1840). Herschel's spelling of 'Kalotype' suggests the inscription pre-dates Talbot's patenting and publishing his process in 1841.
Primary Inscriptions: 'Prepared Blanks. | Ioduret | of | Silver | Talbots' "Iodized Paper" | for the | Kalotype' on one side only [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
149 130 mm


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