Hannah and Florence Barlow

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Florence Barlow, c. 1877
Hannah Barlow, 1867

The sisters Hannah Bolton Barlow (2 November 1851 in Church End House, Little Hadham, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England[1] – 15 November 1916[1]) and Florence Elizabeth Barlow (born Bishop's Stortford) were artists who painted pottery for Doulton at their factory in Lambeth, London, England.[2]

Their parents were bank manager Benjamin Barlow (1813–1866) and his wife Hannah (1816–1882).[2] They had seven siblings, two of whom also worked for Doulton,[2] Arthur (1845–1879) who died young[1] and Lucy, who worked in the lesser role of a relief border decorator[1]

Vase decorated by Hannah Barlow, now in the V&A Museum

Hannah, after studying at Lambeth School of Art,[3] worked for Doulton from 1871,[2] becoming the first female artist to work there.[3] Florence followed, from 1873–1909.[4] By mutual agreement, Florence specialised in painting flowers and birds, and Hannah in horses and other animals.[2] They sometimes worked together on individual pieces.[5][6]

Hannah died on 15 November 1916 at 46 Binfield Road, Clapham, London.[1] She was buried in Norwood cemetery on 20 November.[1] Her sketchbooks are in the Sir Henry Doulton Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent.[1]

Further reading[edit]

  • Rose, P. Hannah Barlow: a Doulton artist (1985) [exhibition catalogue, Christies, 6–10 Aug 1985]


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