Josiah Wedgwood

Standard Name: Wedgwood, Josiah,, 1730 - 1795


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Cultural formation Julia Wedgwood
Her parents were connected to the Unitarian tradition descending in the family from Josiah Wedgwood as well as to the largely Anglican evangelical and philanthropic Clapham Sect centred close to their home in South London...
Family and Intimate relationships Julia Wedgwood
Josiah Wedgwood , the abolitionist and pottery magnate whose name lives on as a brand of china, was her great-grandfather.
Friends, Associates Anne Marsh
Before her marriage Anne Caldwell (later AM ) seems to have lived in close ties of friendship with the women of the Wedgwood and Darwin families, including Sarah , wife of Josiah Wedgwood . She...
Friends, Associates Ann Radcliffe
While staying with her uncle Thomas Bentley at Chelsea, Ann Ward (later AR ) met a number of influential men, most of them with Dissenting connections: Joseph Banks , George Fordyce , Ralph Griffiths ,...
Friends, Associates Lady Eleanor Butler
Among their many visitors (apart from the local gentry, with whom they duly established links), close friends included Anna Seward , Henrietta Maria Bowdler (who wrote mock-flirtatiously of LEB as her veillard [sic] or old...
Health Julia Wedgwood
Between the ages of seventy and eighty, JW 's health began to fail. In addition to her lifelong deafness, she began to suffer from slowly encroaching blindness. She also suffered from cancer, which was removed...
Leisure and Society Anna Letitia Barbauld
ALB was in general unwilling to have any picture made of her (which casts some doubt on the six images said to be of her in the collections of the National Portrait Gallery ). But...
Literary responses Anna Letitia Barbauld
The Critical Review gave high praise to each of the series. So did the Monthly, which also cracked her anonymity from the beginning.
Critical Review. W. Simpkin and R. Marshall.
46 (1778): 160; 47 (1779): 320
McCarthy, William. Anna Letitia Barbauld, Voice of the Enlightenment. The Johns Hopkins University Press.
Vulnerable as a Dissenter,...
politics Helen Maria Williams
HMW was already politically aware before she first travelled to Paris in 1790. She was a supporter of the London Revolution Society (founded to remember the importance of the Glorious Revolution in England, but ready...
Author summary Eliza Meteyard
EM , who used the pseudonym Silverpen, was a self-supporting early Victorian writer who published prolifically in a wide range of periodicals, particularly those aimed at the lower-middle and working classes, in addition to...
Publishing Olaudah Equiano
Equiano was already a well-known figure in the abolitionist movement in Britain when his book appeared. He had issued Proposals for his subscription in November 1788 (the same month that George III fell ill, probably...
Reception Anna Letitia Barbauld
Miss Aikin's Poems sold five hundred copies in just over four months, and the second edition sold a similar number in a similar period. In September a third edition was announced.
McCarthy, William. Anna Letitia Barbauld, Voice of the Enlightenment. The Johns Hopkins University Press.
The Monthly Review...
Residence Ann Radcliffe
William Ward then got the job of managing Josiah Wedgwood 's new china showroom in Bath. He and his wife moved there some time in 1772, while little Ann was kept out of the...
Textual Production Eliza Meteyard
The first volume of EM 's two-volume biography The Life of Josiah Wedgwood appeared.
Athenæum. J. Lection.
1961 (1865): 715
Textual Production Eliza Meteyard
EM wrote the text for a guide to Wedgwood and His Works.
British Library Catalogue.


1759: Josiah Wedgwood leased a pottery at Burslem...

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Josiah Wedgwood leased a pottery at Burslem in Staffordshire (where he had begun as a worker twenty years before), and began production.

1765: The Lunar Society of Birmingham, a group...

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The Lunar Society of Birmingham, a group of half a dozen men with interests in experimental science, began to meet regularly.

1769: Josiah Wedgwood opened a new pottery at Etruria...

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Josiah Wedgwood opened a new pottery at Etruria near Hanley in Staffordshire, a village he had designed and built for his workpeople.

1769: Richard Arkwright set up a water-powered...

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Richard Arkwright set up a water-powered spinning mill of his own invention near Hockley, Nottingham.

22 May 1787: The Society for the Abolition of the Slave...

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22 May 1787

The Society for the Abolition of the Slave Trade was founded in London, by Granville Sharp , Thomas Clarkson , and ten more, of whom nine were Quakers .


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