in the thinnest grey
Plate 2, No. 2
(printed orientation — left is actually top — and slightly cropped to square; identifying number removed from lower left)
The second of eight photographs (on two plates) illustrating
Herbert Stansfield (1872-1960). “Observations and Photographs of Black and Grey Soap Films.” Proceedings of the Royal Society of London : Series A, Containing papers of a mathematical and physical character. vol. 77 ( January 3, 1906) : 314-323
Cornell copy, digitized January 3, 2014
No. 2 was taken as soon as possible after the appearance of black spots in the thinnest grey; small white specks have been formed on the advancing edges of the black areas, and they have been carried, by their weight, towards the lowest parts of the edges.
Grey immensity had somehow of a sudden become her element...
— of Milly Theale, and the “question of 'living'”, in Henry James The Wings of the Dove (1902). Book Fifth, Section XIII
tags: black; gravity; grays; thin films
Henry James The Wings of the Dove (1902); H. Stansfield