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

Inventory Number: 52054
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 hypo fixing and translucency experiment. The oiling has the effect of making the image equally visible from both sides. The original engraving is one of those attached to a sheet of mica.

Subject: engraving 66931, lady with hand on a balustrade
Technique: contact copy
Format: vertical
Polarity: negative
Orientation: laterally reversed
Quality: good detail and highlights
Colour: brown and yellow, pale brown to transmitted light, darker border, wide yellow band across
Chemistry: silver based, presumably hypo fixed
Coating: oiled???
Inscription: number
Paper: xxx
Condition: brittle, corners slightly damaged, crease
Purpose: a hypo fixing and translucency experiment.

For fuller descriptive and historical commentary see narratives.
Primary Inscriptions: '542'.
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
123 99 mm


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