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

Inventory Number: 50435
Object Type:
Persons: Sir John Frederick William Herschel (Owner)
Date Created:
Accession Number: 1928-71
Brief Description: Engraving, horizontal format: landscape with two soldiers assailed by a nymph on a clifftop, trees in left background and sea with jetties in right background. The print is attached to a sheet of mica, with residue of adhesive and striations, and probably varnished. It is dark coppery colour by reflected light, yellow by transmitted light. Stiff and fragile. The print thus represents an experiment in creating an improved test object or (indirectly) negative (compare 66931, 92259, and also 27282).

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
76 112 mm


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