Hannah and Florence Barlow

The sisters Hannah Bolton Barlow (born 2 November 1851 in Church End House, Little Hadham, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England;[1] died 15 November 1916[1]) and Florence Elizabeth Barlow (born Bishop's Stortford) were artists who painted pottery for Doulton & Co. at their newly-established art pottery studio in Lambeth, London.[2] Doulton's Lambeth studio allowed the decorators to sign or monogram their work, which allows many pieces to be attributed to individuals, though often more than one person worked on a piece.

The sisters, plus another, painting in the Doulton studio, c. 1893. Probably Florence at right and Hannah centre.
Hannah Barlow, 1867
Florence Barlow, c. 1877

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]

Doulton & Co., incised Lambeth stoneware by Hannah Barlow, 1874

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] which were often incised with a blade, the lines being then coloured and often paint added elsewhere. 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 readingEdit

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


  1. ^ a b c d e f g McKeown, Julie (2004). "Barlow, Hannah Bolton (1851–1916)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 22 January 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Doultons Florence Barlow". Retrieved 21 January 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Vase - Barlow, Hannah". V&A Museum. Retrieved 21 January 2013.
  4. ^ "Florence Barlow". Doulton Artist. Retrieved 21 January 2013.
  5. ^ "Hannah and Florence Barlow for Doulton Lambeth a Good Pair of Vases with Lions and Cubs, 1877". Bonhams. Retrieved 21 January 2013.
  6. ^ "Hannah and Florence Barlow for Doulton Lambeth a Jug with Owl, Deer and Elk, circa 1895". Bonhams. Retrieved 21 January 2013.

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