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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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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

revised by Alexander Goldbloom

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

revised by A. P. Ledger

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

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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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Maling, Christopher Thompson (1824–1901), pottery manufacturer, was probably born in Newcastle upon Tyne, the second son of Robert Maling (1781–1863), pottery manufacturer, and his wife, Eleanor, daughter of William Potts, a Sunderland shipbuilder. The Malings were a family with Huguenot roots. They had secured their wealth by marriage into the ...

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Minton, Herbert (1793–1858), pottery manufacturer, was born on 4 February 1793 in Stoke-on-Trent, the second son of ten children of Thomas Minton (1765–1836), engraver and pottery manufacturer, and Sarah, née Webb (1772–1856). Thomas Minton was born at Wyle Cop, Shrewsbury, and on leaving school became an apprentice engraver at the ...

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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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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 ...