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John Mercer, English dye chemist, 1856.

Craig, Alexander

John Mercer, English dye chemist, 1856.
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actual image size: 26cm x 32cm


Oil on canvas portrait of by Alexander Craig, showing Lancashire-born chemist John Mercer (1791-1866). Mercer 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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