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Photograph (Experimental Photogenic Drawing) of Lace, by Sir John Herschel, April 19, 1839

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Inventory Number: 30855
Object Type:
Persons: Sir John Frederick William Herschel (Photographer)
Date Created: 1839
Accession Number: 1928-71
Brief Description: Experimental photogenic drawing of lace by Sir John Herschel, April 19, 1839. One of only two examples of Herschel departing from his use of engravings and using lace as a photographic test object (the other is 26027). The chemistry is not noted, though the unusual pale pink colour suggests a variation; other experiments of the same date include fixing with distilled water (45077), hypo fixing (70474), and another pale pink specimen with chemistry not noted (31741).

Subject: lace with flower-decoration
Technique: contact copy
Format: inscription vertical
Polarity: negative
Orientation: not apparent
Quality: pale but good highlights, lace detail visible but not very clear
Colour: very pale pink, white highlights, darker patches may be on the original or background
Chemistry: presumably silver based and hypo fixed, though the colour is unusual
Coating: none
Inscription: date
Paper: thin, cut to slightly irregular shape
Condition: good
Purpose: probably a fixing experiment, though chiefly a trail of lace as a test object, see above.

For fuller descriptive and historical commentary see narratives.
Primary Inscriptions: 'April 19/39' [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
100 78 mm


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