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Photograph (Experimental Photogenic Drawing), by Sir John Herschel, July 12, 1839

Inventory Number: 98390
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, July 12, 1839, made as a fixing experiment during the series of experiments using hypo and water in which hypo fixing was perfected.

Subject: engraving 60353, landscape with figure carrying pot on head
Technique: contact copy
Format: horizontal
Polarity: negative
Orientation: laterally reversed
Quality: xx
Colour: pale sepia, dark brown border
Chemistry: silver based, presumably hypo fixed (in spite of Herschel's note)
Coating: none
Inscription: number, date, chemical note
Paper: thin
Condition: good
Purpose: a fixing experiment using water.

For fuller descriptive and historical commentary see narratives.
Primary Inscriptions: '542' and '542 July 12 Fixed. W. July 14' [water; 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
100 124 mm

Narratives

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