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

Inventory Number: 55211
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, probably a hypo fixing experiment. It has an unusual large oblong format, and is also the only copy of this unusual engraving, which shows a horse standing over a fallen ?knight on a cut-out style ground.

Subject: engraving, horse standing over fallen knight
Technique: contact copy
Format: horizontal, unusual oblong shape
Polarity: negative
Orientation: laterally reversed
Quality: good but faded
Colour: sepia, plain back, yellowy-greenish area
Chemistry: silver based, presumably hypo fixed
Coating: none
Inscription: two unexplained annotations
Paper: normal/heavyish, unusual large oblong format
Condition: good
Purpose: except for having the appearance of a hypo fixing experiment or sample, it is not clear whether the unusual format and inscrutable annotations imply that it served some other purpose.

For fuller descriptive and historical commentary see narratives.
Primary Inscriptions: 'Prepaired' [sic] written on front. Small hieroglyph on back that looks like 'd' above '8'.
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
98 175 mm


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