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The Fourdrinier Family

Photo credit: National Portrait Gallery, London

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A Huguenot entrepreneur, Henry Fourdrinier senior (1730–1799) was a wealthy paper-maker and wholesale stationer. He is shown seated in the middle of his family with his sons Henry junior (1766–1854), in red, and Sealy (1774–1847), standing, in green. In 1802, the brothers employed the inventor Bryan Donkin to design a machine for making continuous paper at greatly increased speeds. At a Parliamentary hearing in 1837, Marc Isambard Brunel called the Fourdriniers' machine 'one of the most splendid inventions of the age'.

National Portrait Gallery, London





oil on copper


H 46 x W 61.5 cm

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Purchased, 1990

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