Specimen of Sir William Perkin's original artificial preparation of Alizarin, 1869.

 
Specimen of Sir William Perkin's original artificial preparation of Alizarin, 1869.
4 0 c m
 
28cm
actual image size: 20cm x 32cm

Description

Perkin's original artificial preparation of Alizarin (the dye found in madder), which gives a red colour. The synthesis of alizarin had been reported by German chemists Graebe and Liebermann in 1868, but William Henry Perkin (1838-1907) was the first to manufacture it using economical methods.

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10270588

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