Showing the sitter seated, three-quarter length, his head resting on his left hand, this is the earliest recorded photograph of Herschel and, as a daguerreotype, is a unique image.
Sir John Frederick William Herschel by John Jabez Edwin Mayall, 1848
© National Portrait Gallery
- 8 x 7 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £8,000 ( Total: £27,054; Export stopped)
- Acquired in:
- Private vendor
By direct descent from the sitter, sold Sotheby's, 'Photographic Images and Related Material' 2 May 1996.