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Photograph (Experimental Photogenic Drawing), by Sir John Herschel, February 26, 1839

Inventory Number: 87956
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 26, 1839, made as a fixing experiment during the earliest phase of his photographic researches. The image is represented by retouching and border only, the photographic image having completely disappeared.

Subject: engraving, two boats or yachts
Technique: contact copy, Herschel's annotation implies a procedural variation
Format: horizontal
Polarity: negative
Orientation: not apparent
Quality: photographic image completely diappeared
Colour: paper plain, back slightly yellowy
Chemistry: silver based, fixed with potassium ferrocyanide
Coating: ink and wash retouching, ?lightly waxed on back
Inscription: procedural and chemical notes, signature, date
Paper: thin
Condition: good
Purpose: a fixing experiment using potassium ferrocyanide, also evidently an experiment with some variation of the contact copying procedure.

For fuller descriptive and historical commentary see narratives.
Primary Inscriptions: 'Inverted (thro back) JFWH. Feb 26/39 very dil FCP.' [dilute ferrocyanate of potash; 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
84 121 mm


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