John Mercer, English pioneer of textile chemistry, early 19th century.

 
John Mercer, English pioneer of textile chemistry, early 19th century.
4 0 c m
 
34cm
actual image size: 26cm x 32cm

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Oil painting. John Mercer (1791-1866) was responsible for discovering and improving the quality of a number of dyes, but is best remembered for inventing a proces which gives cotton a lustre resembling silk - a proces known as 'mercerisation'.

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