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Photograph (Experimental Photogenic Drawing), by Sir John Herschel, February 26, 1839

Inventory Number: 97903
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 26, 1839, made as a fixing experiment during the earliest phase of his photographic researches. An unsuccessful trial of potassium ferrocyanide as an alternative to hypo. Smaller scrap of paper. Herschel's inscription, being across the body of the paper, may indicate that it was a test piece, or that the image failed at the outset.

Subject: no visible image???
Technique: not apparent
Format: inscription horizontal
Polarity: not apparent
Orientation: not apparent
Quality: no visible image???
Colour: fawn stains???
Chemistry: silver based, fixed with potassium ferrocyanide
Coating: none
Inscription: date, chemical note
Paper: thin
Condition: good
Purpose: a fixing experiment using potassium ferrocyanide.

For fuller descriptive and historical commentary see narratives.
Primary Inscriptions: 'Feb 26 | very weak | F.C. Pot' [ferrocyanate of potash; 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
70 85 mm


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