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

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Inventory Number: 23662
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, presumably made as a fixing experiment. The colouring looks a little like a chrysotype, but the chemical preparation number 544 indicates that it belongs to the fixing experiments of 1839.

Subject: engraving 82112, lady with nude infant and girl
Technique: contact copy
Format: vertical
Polarity: negative
Orientation: laterally reversed
Quality: some good detail and highlights, spoiled by speckling
Colour: lilac, light speckles, purply brown border
Chemistry: silver based, presumably hypo fixed though the colouring is unusual
Coating: none
Inscription: none
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
Height Width Depth Diameter Unit
124 100 mm


Image with multimedia irn 18454

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