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Specimen of Photolithography by Joseph M. Lewis, from the Photographic Experiments of Sir John Herschel, August 1842

Inventory Number: 90088
Object Type:
Persons: Joseph M. Lewis (Printer)
Sir John Frederick William Herschel (Owner)
Date Created: 1842
Accession Number: 1928-71
Brief Description: White glossy-surfaced card, about the size of a business or calling card. Heraldic ?phoenix above motto 'Ex Fumo Dare Lucem'. One of two specimen cards of photolithographic printing found among Herschel's photographic experiments (companion to 42737). They are among the earliest examples of photolithography known.
They were originally loose (rather than associated with a group or packet), though Schultze's description might imply that they were folded in the note paper (44202) along with Herschel's manuscript notes, while Agius's notes imply they were with the engravings in packet 1.
Primary Inscriptions: Printed caption: 'Specimen, of Photo Lithographic Printing, | By Joseph M. Lewis, Liverpool, August, 1842.'.
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): Card
Height Width Depth Diameter Unit
61 92 mm


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