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Photograph (Experimental Photogenic Drawing), by W. H. Fox Talbot, from the Photographic Researches of Sir John Herschel, 1839

Inventory Number: 98504
Object Type:
Persons: William Henry Fox Talbot (Photographer)
Sir John Frederick William Herschel (Owner)
Date Created:
Accession Number: 1928-71
Brief Description: Experimental photogenic drawing by W. H. F. Talbot, undated but 1839. Unevenly cut and one corner torn; earlier fold mark down middle; part of Whatman 1838 watermark. 52921 is probably part of the same original piece of paper. Very dark purplish black, seemingly with no visible image, though (like its companions 52921 and 65957) there may possibly be an indistinct vestigial plant-like image. Silver tarnish appearance on back. Given to Herschel by Talbot as a specimen of the current state of his photogenic drawing process.

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
109 122 mm


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