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Photograph (Experimental Photogenic Drawing), by Sir John Herschel, April 20, 1839

Inventory Number: 51748
Object Type:
Persons: Sir John Frederick William Herschel (Photographer)
Date Created: 1839
Accession Number: 1928-71
Brief Description: Experimental photogenic drawing by Sir John Herschel, April 20, 1839, made as a fixing experiment during the earliest phase of his photographic researches.

Subject: engraving, no image
Technique: contact copy
Format: inscription horizontal
Polarity: negative
Orientation: not apparent
Quality: no visible image except one indistinct fragment
Colour: mostly plain, slightly sepia in parts, pale lilac image fragment, sepia border with some pink
Chemistry: silver based, fixed with distilled water
Coating: none
Inscription: date, chemical note
Paper: thin, larger than usual
Condition: good
Purpose: a fixing experiment using distilled water.

For fuller descriptive and historical commentary see narratives.
Primary Inscriptions: 'April 20/39 Distilled Water' [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
121 175 mm


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