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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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The Fourdrinier Family

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


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