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

Inventory Number: 42995
Object Type:
Persons: Sir John Frederick William Herschel (Photographer)
Date Created:
Accession Number: 1928-71
Brief Description: Experimental photogenic drawing by Sir John Herschel, undated but 1839, made as a fixing experiment. One of five copies, all very pale, of an unusually dense engraving (25876, 68601, 71410, 99742).

Subject: engraving 29622, girl with lion
Technique: contact copy
Format: vertical
Polarity: negative
Orientation: laterally reversed
Quality: very faint
Colour: very pale sepia including border
Chemistry: silver based (probably silver nitrate), probably fixed with water or hypo
Coating: none
Inscription: none, except 'N' squiggle on front
Paper: thin, larger than usual
Condition: good, creased
Purpose: a fixing experiment, and test of copying a particularly dense engraving.

For fuller descriptive and historical commentary see narratives.
Primary Inscriptions: 'N' or similar squiggle on front.
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
167 130 mm


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