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Bentley, Thomas (1731–1780), porcelain manufacturer, was born on 1 January 1731 at Scropton, Derbyshire, the elder son of Thomas Bentley. His father was a Presbyterian, which may account for Bentley's late baptism on 18 February 1736 at St Paul's Church. He was educated at the ...

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Blashfield, John Marriott (1811–1882), terracotta manufacturer, was born on 1 November 1811 in the parish of St James, Westminster, one of at least two sons of John and Eleanor Blashfield. No further details are known of his background and his early life and education are similarly obscure. By 1841, and described as an artist, he was living at ...

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W. H. Tregellas

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Blore, Robert (1810–1868), porcelain manufacturer, was born in Derby, the son of a monumental mason working in Bridge Gate. Blore served his apprenticeship at the Old Derby china works, but shortly afterwards left to work briefly at Minton's factory. In 1830 he returned to ...

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Bryan, Sir Arthur (1923–2011), industrialist, was born on 4 March 1923 in a terraced house, 8 West Street, Stoke-on-Trent, the son of William Woodall Bryan (1880–1938), painter and decorator, and his wife, Isabell Allan, née Tweedie (1887–1970), a district nurse. His mother, from ...

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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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Champion, Richard (1743–1791), merchant and porcelain manufacturer, was born in Bristol on 6 September 1743, the second child and only son of Joseph Champion (1714–1794), merchant, and Elizabeth (d. 1745), daughter of Francis Rogers, merchant of Bristol. Through his great-grandfather Nehemiah Champion (1649–1722)...

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Clarice Cliff (1899–1972) by unknown photographer Leonard Griffin

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Cliff, Clarice (1899–1972), ceramic designer and art director, was born on 20 January 1899 at 19 Meir Street, Tunstall, Staffordshire, one of eight children of Harry Thomas Cliff, iron-moulder, and his wife, Ann (née Machin). Her parents were working-class and of Staffordshire...

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Cookworthy, William (1705–1780), porcelain manufacturer and Quaker minister, was born on 12 April 1705, the eldest child of William Cookworthy (1670–1718), a Quaker serge maker of Kingsbridge, Devon, and his wife, Edith (d. 1759), daughter of John and Mary Debell of St Martin by Looe, Cornwall...

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R. E. Graves

revised by Helen L. Phillips

Copeland, William Taylor (1797–1868), pottery manufacturer, was born on 24 March 1797 at Lincoln's Inn Fields, London, the son of William Copeland (1765–1826), partner of the potter Josiah Spode II, and his wife, Mary (d. 1837), née Fowler. He was brought up in the family home in ...

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B. D. Jackson

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Dillwyn, Lewis Weston (1778–1855), naturalist and porcelain manufacturer, was born on 21 August 1778 at St Thomas's Square, Hackney, the son of William Dillwyn (1743?–1824), merchant, of Higham Lodge, Walthamstow, and his wife, Sarah, daughter of Lewis Weston of Highall, Essex. He was descended from a Welsh Quaker family who had emigrated to ...

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Sir Henry Doulton (1820–1897) by Vandyk private collection / National Portrait Gallery, London

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Doulton, Sir Henry (1820–1897), pottery manufacturer, was born on 25 July 1820 at Vauxhall Walk, London, the second of the eight children of John Doulton (1793–1873), pottery manufacturer, and his wife, Jane Duneau, a widow from Bridgnorth in Shropshire. His father had become a partner in the ...

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L. H. Cust

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Duesbury, William (bap. 1725, d. 1786), china manufacturer, was baptized in Cannock, Staffordshire, on 7 September 1725, the son of William Duesbury (d. 1768), currier, of Cannock, and his wife, Sarah. He practised as an enameller in London from 1751 to 1753, moving in 1754 to ...

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Edwards, James Coster (1828–1896), terracotta manufacturer, was born at Trefnant in Denbighshire on 7 November 1828, the son of William Edwards (1797–1877) and his wife, Diana Coster (1796–1875). His father was employed as a clerk at some local coalmines, having originally moved north from ...

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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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