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Sir John Frederick William Herschel, 1st Bt

3 of 22 portraits of Sir John Frederick William Herschel, 1st Bt

Sir John Frederick William Herschel, 1st Bt, by John Jabez Edwin Mayall, circa 1848 - NPG P660 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir John Frederick William Herschel, 1st Bt

by John Jabez Edwin Mayall
daguerreotype, circa 1848
3 3/8 in. x 2 3/4 in. (86 mm x 70 mm)
Purchased with help from The Art Fund, 1996
Primary Collection
NPG P660


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As a daguerreotype, this is a unique image and is the earliest recorded photograph of Herschel. Linking one of photography's scientific pioneers with one of its leading early practitioners, J.J.E. Mayall, it is of outstanding importance in the history of photography in Britain.

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