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Photograph (Experimental Photogenic Drawing), by Sir John Herschel, March 4, 1839

Inventory Number: 83686
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, March 4, 1839, made as a hypo fixing experiment during the earliest phase of his photographic researches. It is one of several experimental photographs which Herschel has annotated with a record of the weather and visibility conditions (an east wind at Slough carried London smog), and perhaps these conditions formed part of its experimental purpose (see 22719 and 74474, made on the same day).

Subject: engraving, ship
Technique: contact copy
Format: horizontal
Polarity: xx
Orientation: xx
Quality: xx
Colour: xx
Chemistry: silver based, hypo fixed
Coating: none
Inscription: weather and quality note, date, chemical note
Paper: xxx
Condition: good
Purpose: a hypo fixing experiment; perhaps (in view of the inscription) also an exposure experiment prompted by the poor visibility conditions.

For fuller descriptive and historical commentary see narratives.
Primary Inscriptions: 'East Wind & London Smoke | (came off very satisfactory) | March 4 --[long dash] H.S. Sod. (?)' [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
82 120 mm


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