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Chamberlain, Robert (bap. 1736?, d. 1798), enameller and porcelain manufacturer, may have been the 'base son' (baptismal register) of Sarah Chamberlain and an unknown father, baptized at St Michael's, Bedwardine, Worcester, on 1 August 1736. He was co-founder with his second son, ...

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Frye, Thomas (1711/12–1762), portrait painter and porcelain manufacturer, was born in Edenderry, King's county, Ireland, the second of the five sons and two daughters of John Fry (1670–1752) and his wife, Anne Harrington. His grandfather was a dragoon officer who fought with William III...

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Thomas Frye (1711/1212–1762) self-portrait, 1760 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Kean, Michael (1761–1823), miniature painter and owner of the Derby porcelain factory, was born in Dublin, possibly on 16 October 1761. He entered the Dublin Society's drawing schools on 7 February 1771 and there studied ornament, landscape, and figure drawing. He was a pupil of ...

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Sprimont, Nicholas (bap. 1715, d. 1771), goldsmith and porcelain manufacturer, was baptized in Liège on 23 January 1715, the son of Pierre Sprimont and Gertrude Goffin, and may have been apprenticed there to his uncle Nicholas Joseph Sprimont (c.1678–1744). Given his knowledge of French silver and porcelain it is likely that he also trained in ...

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Nicholas Sprimont (bap. 1715, d. 1771) by unknown artist, c. 1759 [centre, with his wife, Ann (right), and his sister-in-law Susanna Protin (left)] E&H Manners

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Turner, Thomas (bap. 1747, d. 1809), porcelain manufacturer, was baptized on 9 November 1747 at St Swithun's, Worcester, the eldest son of Richard Turner (bap. 1720, d. 1791), a Church of England clergyman and educational writer, and his wife, Sarah Greene (d...