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

Inventory Number: 91364
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 xxxxx. Companion of 25203.

Subject: engraving 35005, landscape with palm trees
Technique: contact copy
Format: horizontal
Polarity: negative
Orientation: laterally reversed
Quality: poor
Colour: pale yellowy sepia, fine speckling, black retouched border
Chemistry: silver based, probably hypo fixed
Coating: ink retouching mainly of sky, and border; ?possibly lightly waxed
Inscription: none
Paper: thin
Condition: good
Purpose: a fixing experiment, also used as a negative in positive printing (and retouching) experiments.

For fuller descriptive and historical commentary see narratives.
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
75 120 mm


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