Estimate: £30,000 - £50,000
Sir John Frederick William Herschel, April 1867,
albumen print on original mount, signed, dated and annotated 'From life taken at his own residence Collingwood' and identified by her in a larger hand beneath, 'Sir J.F.W. Herschel (Bart)', gilt-ruled border, image 303 x 242mm, mount 359 x 298mm
An excellent print of one of Julia Margaret Cameron's most iconic portraits. Sir John Herschel, son of the astronomer Sir William Herschel, was a polymath who took a very active interest in photography from its earliest days. A friend of Fox Talbot, and an early correspondent of Mrs Cameron, he invented the photographic use of sensitised paper (1839), introduced hyposulphate of soda (hypo) as a fixing agent, and coined the terms 'photograph', 'negative', 'positive' and 'snapshot'. This portrait of him was one of a series of four taken at his home Collingwood at Hawkhurst, Kent. Provenance: From the family of Sir John Herschel, by direct descent through his daughter Amelia and her husband Sir Thomas Wade. See also preceding lot. Cox & Ford, Julia Margaret Cameron: The Complete Photographs (2003), no. 674.