Jean Antoine Chaptal, French politician and chemist, c 1800.
4 0 c m
 
34cm
actual image size: 26cm x 32cm

Jean Antoine Chaptal, French politician and chemist, c 1800.

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Oil painting of Chaptal (1756-1832) who wrote on technical chemistry and made a major contribution to the modern scientific chemical industry and the introduction of the metric system of weights and measures. In 1815, during his time as Minister of Interior, under Napoleon I (1769-1821), he supported the concept of increasing the strength of wine by adding sugar before fermentation and this proces became known as 'chaptalisation'.
 

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10300897
 

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