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Photograph (Experimental Photogenic Drawing), by Sir John Herschel, February 17, 1839

Inventory Number: 99362
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 17, 1839, made as a hypo fixing experiment during the earliest phase of his photographic researches.

Subject: engraving, sailing ship (left) and yacht
Technique: contact copy
Format: horizontal
Polarity: negative
Orientation: laterally reversed
Quality: xxx
Colour: pale sepia
Chemistry: silver based, presumably hypo fixed
Coating: none
Inscription: date, paper note
Paper: thin, India paper
Condition: good
Purpose: presumably a hypo fixing experiment.

For fuller descriptive and historical commentary see narratives.
Primary Inscriptions: 'Feb. 17 India paper [...?]d' [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
84 118 mm

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