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Photograph (Experimental Photogenic Drawing), by Sir John Herschel, February 16, 1839

Inventory Number: 22115
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 16, 1839, made as a hypo fixing experiment during the earliest phase of his photographic researches. The image contains a very bold, dark sun, as if it has been retouched, but it seems not to have been. Seemingly a companion of the very different, pale 12652, fixed with water.

Subject: engraving, sailing ships and smaller yacht
Technique: contact copy
Format: horizontal
Polarity: negative
Orientation: laterally reversed
Quality: barely discernible
Colour: various dark colours including dark pink, green, buff, similar but lighter on back with greyish discoloration
Chemistry: silver based, hypo fixed
Coating: ?lightly waxed on the back
Inscription: signature, date, chemical note
Paper: thin, larger than usual
Condition: good
Purpose: a hypo fixing experiment.

For fuller descriptive and historical commentary see narratives.
Primary Inscriptions: 'J.F.W.H. Photogr. Feb. 16/39. H.So' [hyposulphite of soda; 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
106 142 mm


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