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Photograph (Experimental Photogenic Drawing), by Sir John Herschel, February 28, 1839

Inventory Number: 65113
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, February 28, 1839, made as a fixing experiment during the earliest phase of his photographic researches. An unsuccessful trial of sodium chloride as an alternative to hypo.

Subject: engraving, no discernible image, light double border
Technique: contact copy (print) from a negative
Format: inscription horizontal
Polarity: positive
Orientation: not apparent
Quality: image not discernible, light double border
Colour: pale fawn (near to natural paper colour), back plain
Chemistry: silver based, fixed with sodium chloride
Coating: none
Inscription: date, chemical note
Paper: xxx
Condition: good
Purpose: a fixing experiment using sodium chloride.

For fuller descriptive and historical commentary see narratives.
Primary Inscriptions: ;Feb. 28. Mur Sod strong' [muriate of soda; 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
87 121 mm


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