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Photograph (Experimental Photogenic Drawing), by Sir John Herschel, October 19, 1839

Inventory Number: 48077
Object Type:
Persons: Sir John Frederick William Herschel (Photographer)
Date Created: 1839
Accession Number: 1928-71
Brief Description: Experimental photogenic drawing of a drawing, by Sir John Herschel, October 19, 1839. Only the border and a very faint image is discernible, ?possibly woodland. One of 5 experimental photogenic drawings which Herschel has put aside in a packet (packet 18 in the Museum's numbering) inscribed 'Class. C | Spoiled and Bad | Photographs | To be merely preserved | as memoranda'.

Subject: ink drawing, ?possibly woodland
Technique: contact copy
Format: inscription is horizontal
Polarity: negative
Orientation: not apparent
Quality: image barely discernible
Colour: pale brown, darker edges; back lilac streaks, browned at edges
Chemistry: probably silver based, xxx
Coating: none
Inscription: number, date, procedural note
Paper: xxx
Condition: good
Purpose: the fixing chemistry may be an experimental variation, but the image was most probably a trial with the effectiveness of copying from an ink drawing (compare xxxx).

For fuller descriptive and historical commentary see narratives.
Primary Inscriptions: '567' and 'Oct 19. 1839. From a pen & Ink | drawing.' [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
104 130 mm


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