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Photograph (Experimental Photogenic Drawing), by Sir John Herschel, May 25, 1843

Inventory Number: 66017
Object Type:
Persons: Sir John Frederick William Herschel (Photographer)
Date Created: 1843
Accession Number: 1928-71
Brief Description: Experimental photogenic drawing by Sir John Herschel, May 25, 1843. One of the series of 'vapour image' experiments, exposed in low light and achieving a latent image developed by breath or moisture. This example was exposed for three minutes, developed by vapour, and fixed by soaking in water. Like its companions (83690 and 96216) the image is largely obliterated by a rectangular yellow area as if caused by an adjacent or overlain paper.

Subject: engraving, not discernible, bevelled corners
Technique: contact copy
Format: inscription horizontal
Polarity: negative
Orientation: not apparent
Quality: not discernible
Colour: image pale purple or lilac grey, overlay yellow, reddish brown border
Chemistry: xxxxx and silver nitrate (xxx 1·200 refers to the specific gravity), developed by vapour, fixed with water
Coating: none
Inscription: number, chemical and procedural notes, date
Paper: xxx
Condition: good
Purpose: a vapour image experiment (see above).

For fuller descriptive and historical commentary see narratives.
Primary Inscriptions: '894 + NS. 3m [sun symbol] May 25/43 | water soaked after bringing out by Vapour' written over a long earlier inscription, including '1·200' [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
132 102 mm


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