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Sir William Henry Perkin Greetings Card

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Blank greetings card with envelope featuring:

Sir William Henry Perkin NPG 1892

© National Portrait Gallery, London

by Sir Arthur Stockdale Cope

In 1856, while still a student at the Royal College of Chemistry, Perkin discovered a process for creating the first ever coal-tar dye, a purple, later to be named 'mauve'. This discovery, and Perkin's continued research into the dying process, eventually led to the displacement of natural by artificial or synthetic dyestuffs in the textile industry. In 1870 Perkin opened a plant for the manufacture of a synthetic alizarin, which replaced the widely used red dye, derived from the madder plant. His contribution to science... more

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