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Photograph (Experimental Photogenic Drawing, Chrysotype), by Sir John Herschel, December 19, 1842

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Inventory Number: 27213
Object Type:
Persons: Sir John Frederick William Herschel (Photographer)
Date Created: 1842
Accession Number: 1928-71
Brief Description: Experimental photogenic drawing (chrysotype) by Sir John Herschel, December 19, 1842. Herschel's chemical preparation 724 was in use during 1842. The note 'greenish glass' refers to the glass beneath which the photographic paper and engraving were exposed, and indicates his awareness of the numerous small variables that might affect his experiments.

Subject: engraving, two ladies
Technique: contact copy
Format: vertical
Polarity: negative
Orientation: laterally reversed
Quality: good, good detail
Colour: purple, plain back with rust coloured stains
Chemistry: chrysotype
Coating: none
Inscription: number, date, procedural note
Paper: normal
Condition: good
Purpose: an experimental chrysotype.

For fuller descriptive and historical commentary see narratives.
Primary Inscriptions: '724 [corrected from 624] Dec 19 5m. good [sun symbol] greenish glass' [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
131 104 mm

Narratives

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