The Fourdrinier Family

1 portrait of John Rawson Fourdrinier

The Fourdrinier Family, attributed to John Downman, circa 1786 - NPG 6091 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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The Fourdrinier Family

attributed to John Downman
oil on copper, circa 1786
18 1/8 in. x 24 1/4 in. (460 mm x 615 mm)
Purchased, 1990
Primary Collection
NPG 6091

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  • John Downman (1750-1824). Artist associated with 34 portraits.

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  • Charles Fourdrinier (1767-1841), Brother of Henry Fourdrinier. Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Henry Fourdrinier (1730-1799), Paper maker; father of Henry Fourdrinier. Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Henry Fourdrinier (1766-1854), Inventor. Sitter in 2 portraits.
  • Jemima Fourdrinier (1772-1836), Sister of Henry Fourdrinier and mother of John Henry Newman. Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • John Rawson Fourdrinier (1770-circa 1836), Brother of Henry Fourdrinier. Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Mary Fourdrinier (born 1728), Aunt of Henry Fourdrinier. Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Sealy Fourdrinier (1774-1847), Paper manufacturer; brother of Henry Fourdrinier. Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Minerva Manning (born 1763), Stepsister of Henry Fourdrinier. Sitter in 1 portrait.

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A Huguenot entrepreneur, Henry Fourdrinier senior (1730-99) 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. The family are probably shown in their garden in Putney with a patriotic view of Windsor Castle added in the distance. The inscribed monumental urn commemorates their deceased wife and mother, Jemima (1730-81).

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