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

Inventory Number: 85540
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, made as a hypo fixing and translucency experiment. The varnishing renders the image equally visible on both sides.

Subject: engraving 17583, oriental landscape with camel
Technique: contact copy
Format: horizontal
Polarity: negative
Orientation: laterally reversed
Quality: good
Colour: dark amber, yellowy to transmitted light, very dark or black border
Chemistry: silver based, presumably hypo fixed
Coating: varnished both sides
Inscription: number, rest illegible because of varnish
Paper: xxx
Condition: brittle, large piece of one top corner broken or cut off, other nicks in top edge
Purpose: a hypo fixing and translucency experiment.

For fuller descriptive and historical commentary see narratives.
Primary Inscriptions: '504. --[long dash] F[?...]' [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
100 123 mm


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