Exterior of Sir William Henry Perkin's house at Sudbury, Middlesex, c 1906

Exterior of Sir William Henry Perkin's house at Sudbury, Middlesex, c 1906
3 0 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 22cm

Description

The exterior of Perkin's house 'The Chestnuts', (now demolished), posibly taken around the time of the mauve jubilee celebrations in 1906 and posibly by Perkin himself. Photograph from a collection relating to Sir William Henry Perkin (1838-1907), his relations, and the synthetic dyestuffs industry. In 1856, whilst attempting to synthesise quinine for the treatment of malaria, Perkin (1838-1907) managed to extract a brilliant purple dye, subsequently named mauveine. His manufacture of this and other aniline dyes was a great commercial succes and he went on to create the modern synthetic dyestuffs industry and introduce a new range of colours into human life. He was elected to the Royal Society in 1866 and knighted in 1906.

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