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

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Inventory Number: 29619
Object Type:
Persons: Sir John Frederick William Herschel (Photographer)
Date Created:
Accession Number: 1928-71
Brief Description: Experimental photogenic drawing by Sir John Herschel, date illegible but 1839, made xxas a hypo fixing experiment during the earliest phase of his photographic researchesxx. The image is represented by retouching and border only, the photographic image having completely disappeared. Heavy ink border on both sides, obscuring an inscription on back.

Subject: engraving 60353, landscape with figure carrying pot on head
Technique: contact copy
Format: horizontal
Polarity: negative
Orientation: laterally reversed
Quality: photographic image completely disappeared
Colour: image disappeared to colour of paper, ink brown and black
Chemistry: silver based, probably hypo fixed
Coating: ink retouching
Inscription: obscured by heavy ink border
Paper: thin
Condition: good
Purpose: probably a fixing experiment.

For fuller descriptive and historical commentary see narratives.
Primary Inscriptions: Inscription on back obscured by inked border.
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
85 119 mm


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