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Engraving (Used for Copying) from the Photographic Experiments of Sir John Herschel, c.1839

Inventory Number: 92259
Object Type:
Persons: Sir John Frederick William Herschel (Owner)
Date Created:
Accession Number: 1928-71
Brief Description: Engraving, horizontal format: oriental landscape with buildings and river, a barge in foreground left, figures, elephants, palm trees, and columns right. The print is attached to a sheet of mica and varnished, rendering it translucent and, by reflected light, a dark copper colour with strongly defined dark lines. On the back can be seen the striations of the mica and some adhesive, the latter suggesting it was further attached to something else. The print thus represents an experiment in creating an improved test object or (indirectly) negative (compare 50435, 66931, and also 27282).

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
74 112 mm


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