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Photograph (Experimental Photogenic Drawing, Phytotype), by Sir John Herschel, c.1841

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Inventory Number: 19321
Object Type:
Persons: Sir John Frederick William Herschel (Photographer)
Date Created:
Accession Number: 1928-71
Brief Description: Experimental photogenic drawing (phytotype) by Sir John Herschel, undated, c.1841, made during his exploration of alternative sensitising agents to silver salts, the most unusual of which were juices extracted from flower petals, producing these 'vegetable photographs'.

Subject: engraving, ships
Technique: direct-positive contact copy
Format: horizontal
Polarity: positive
Orientation: laterally reversed
Quality: xxx
Colour: olive green, back plain
Chemistry: phytotype
Coating: none
Inscription: none
Paper: heavy
Condition: good
Purpose: an experiment with the photographic possibilities of light-sensitive dyes extracted from flower petals.

For fuller descriptive and historical commentary see narratives.
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
76 105 mm

Narratives

Image with multimedia irn 18482

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