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Photograph (Experimental Photogenic Drawing), by Sir John Herschel, March 4, 1839

Inventory Number: 22719
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, March 4, 1839, made as a hypo fixing experiment during the earliest phase of his photographic researches. It is one of several experimental photographs which Herschel has annotated with a record of the weather and visibility conditions (an east wind at Slough carried London smog), and perhaps these conditions formed part of its experimental purpose (see 74474 and 83686, made on the same day).

Subject: engraving 60353, landscape with figure carrying pot on head
Technique: contact copy (print) of a negative
Format: horizontal
Polarity: positive
Orientation: correct
Quality: x
Colour: xxx
Chemistry: silver based, hypo fixed
Coating: none
Inscription: weather note, date, chemical note
Paper: xxx
Condition: good
Purpose: a hypo fixing experiment; perhaps (in view of the inscription) also an exposure experiment prompted by the poor visibility conditions.

For fuller descriptive and historical commentary see narratives.
Primary Inscriptions: 'East Wind Lond Smoke | Mar. 4 | H.S.? [sic]' [in Herschel's hand]. Also part of inscription on front, bottom right.
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
84 117 mm


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