Sir John Frederick William Herschel by John Jabez Edwin Mayall

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.

Details

Medium:
Daguerrotype
Dimensions:
8 x 7 cm
Art Fund grant:
£8,000 ( Total: £27,054; Export stopped)
Acquired in:
1996
Vendor:
Private vendor

Provenance

By direct descent from the sitter, sold Sotheby's, 'Photographic Images and Related Material' 2 May 1996.

Venue details

National Portrait Gallery St Martin's Place, LONDON London WC2H 0HE 020 7306 0055 www.npg.org.uk

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