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

Inventory Number: 89105
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 (presumably) potassium ferrocyanide as an alternative to hypo..

Subject: no visible image
Technique: not apparent
Format: inscription horizontal
Polarity: not apparent
Orientation: not apparent
Quality: no visible image
Colour: mostly pale fawn, other stains, back plain with stains
Chemistry: silver based, fixed with (presumably) potassium ferrocyanide
Coating: none
Inscription: date, chemical and procedural notes
Paper: xxx
Condition: good
Purpose: a fixing experiment using (presumably) potassium ferrocyanide.

For fuller descriptive and historical commentary see narratives.
Primary Inscriptions: 'Feb. 28/39 F.C. one quick dip' [ferrocyanate; 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
86 117 mm


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