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Catalogue Entry 1989

[] Experimental phytotypes by Sir John Herschel, 1841-42.

Slate blue image using crimson poppy, the most successful form of 'vegetable photograph' (grecian lady series);

mustard yellow image using red stock, dated March 10, 1842 (lady with beads series);

olive green image, probably derived from a hybrid Sparaxis tricolor from the Cape of Good Hope.

The process used juices extracted from flower petals as the light-sensitive agents, forming a direct positive.

[From the exhibition booklet Photography 150: Images from the First Generation (Oxford: Museum of the History of Science, 1989)]

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