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Henry Fourdrinier (1766-1854), Inventor

Sitter in 2 portraits
Son of Henry Fourdrinier senior, a wealthy papermaker and wholesale stationer, Henry Fourdrinier junior, and his brother Sealy spent £60,000 on perfecting a machine for making continuous paper in 1807. Marc Isambard Brunel called the machine 'one of the most splendid inventions of the age'; it enabled printing to be done at high speed on rotary presses for the first time.