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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.

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6091

The Fourdrinier Family

attributed to John Downman
oil on copper, circa 1786
On display in Room 19 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6091

1075

Men of Science Living in 1807-8

by Sir John Gilbert, and Frederick John Skill, and William Walker, and Elizabeth Walker (née Reynolds)
pencil and wash, 1858-1862
NPG 1075