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

Inventory Number: 96034
Object Type:
Persons: Sir John Frederick William Herschel (Photographer)
Date Created:
Accession Number: 1928-71
Brief Description: Experimental photogenic drawing by Sir John Herschel, undated but 1839.

Subject: engraving 36245, lady in oval
Technique: contact copy
Format: vertical
Polarity: negative
Orientation: laterally reversed
Quality: murky but good highlights and detail
Colour: lilac or purple, dark brown border, paler lilac back with three borders brown
Chemistry: silver based, fixer not apparent
Coating: none
Inscription: number
Paper: thin
Condition: good
Purpose: presumably a fixing experiment.

For fuller descriptive and historical commentary see narratives.
Primary Inscriptions: '544'.
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
125 100 mm

There are no associated narratives.

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