Art is a journey into the most unknown thing of all - oneself. Nobody knows his own frontiers… I don’t think I’d ever want to take a road if I knew where it led.

Louis Kahan

Study of an oak leaf by Sir John Herschel (1792-1871), 26th February, 1839, from his hypo fixing experiments.

Apart from the examples of lace this negative photogenic drawing is Herschel’s only contact image of a real object, rather than an engraving or other form of illustration.

The mark on the leaf seems to be a large J.

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    herschel is best know for inventing the cyanotype. thank you sir john herschel for my thesis exhibition.
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