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Engraving (Used for Copying) from the Photographic Experiments of Sir John Herschel, c.1839

Inventory Number: 29622
Object Type:
Persons: Sir John Frederick William Herschel (Owner)
Date Created:
Accession Number: 1928-71
Brief Description: Engraving, vertical format: pretty girl sitting between a donkey and a recumbent lion in a woodland glade, girl left of centre facing right. The print is very dark, probably a mezzotint, though the girl's dress is light; it is on heavy paper, and has been lightly oiled. Herschel has added delicate retouching to the girl's hair and the lion's mane. Of the group of larger prints (packet 2), which were little used in Herschel's experiments, this was the most frequently used: at least 5 of the group of 12 larger photographs (packet 17) are experimental copies of it made in the early months of 1839 (for example 68601 and 71410), while a positive print from one of these negatives is 86911.

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
Height Width Depth Diameter Unit
145 103 mm


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