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

Inventory Number: 58012
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. Companion and similar to 43358, which was made on October 13 and then subjected on October 18 to a bleaching and revival test; this may have been treated likewise or have been a control.

Subject: engraving 59552, lady with turban
Technique: contact copy
Format: vertical
Polarity: negative
Orientation: laterally reversed
Quality: poor, fine speckles all over
Colour: yellowy sepia, brown to buff border
Chemistry: silver based, hypo fixed
Coating: none
Inscription: none
Paper: thin
Condition: good
Purpose: a hypo fixing experiment, but also associated with the bleaching and revival tests (see above).

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
120 95 mm


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