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Dresser was a British designer, design reformer and theorist, author, industrial adviser, and businessman. Born in Glasgow, he went on to train at the Government School of Design in London from 1847 to 1854, where he was inspired by key design reformers of the day, notably Henry Cole, Owen Jones, and Richard Redgrave. Having specialized in botanical studies, Dresser originally became a lecturer in botany at the School of Design and wrote on the subject. However, in 1860, Dresser turned his attention to establishing and setting up a design practice.
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