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

Inventory Number: 98548
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 October 1839, made as a hypo fixing experiment. Companion of 43408 (dated October 20, 1839) and 62958, of which this is the most successful.

Subject: engraving 28374, lady with guitar
Technique: contact copy
Format: vertical
Polarity: negative
Orientation: laterally reversed
Quality: good detail, highlights, and contrast
Colour: brown on fawn, darker border, brown stain on back
Chemistry: silver based, presumably hypo fixed
Coating: none
Inscription: number
Paper: normal
Condition: good
Purpose: a hypo fixing experiment.

For fuller descriptive and historical commentary see narratives.
Primary Inscriptions: '630'.
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
Dimensions:
Height Width Depth Diameter Unit
131 101 mm

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